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School named for Tampa teacher

The Alabama native and University of Florida graduate started working for area schools in 1917.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002

Fresh out of the University of Florida, Thomas Richard Robinson arrived in Tampa in 1917 to teach at George Washington Junior High School. Later, he taught at Woodrow Wilson Junior High. After that, he was appointed principal at Ballast Point School, where he remained for 30 years.

His namesake high school was built in 1959.

The native of Geneva, Ala., kept busy in college with varsity football, debate team and the scholastic fraternities of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi.

He was a veteran of World War I.

He was a Shriner and a Mason, played the violin and participated in local, state and national education associations. Robinson served on the board of directors of the teacher's credit union.

He died in 1958 at age 66.

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