Thomas Richard Robinson High School

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Thomas R. Robinson High School
6311 S. Lois Avenue


Type Public
MottoPride Through Excellence
School district Hillsborough County Public Schools
PrincipalRobert Bhoolai
Enrollment1,664 (2016-17) [1]
Color(s)Black, Gray and Silver [2]
Team nameKnights
Rivals Plant

Thomas R. Robinson High School (known as Robinson High School) is a public high school in Tampa, Florida. It was established in 1959 and is named after Thomas R. Robinson, an educator in Hillsborough County who began teaching in 1917. Robinson High School is the smallest high school in Hillsborough County. The official mascot of Robinson is the Fighting Knight.

Tampa, Florida City in Central Florida

Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The bay's port is the largest in the state, near downtown's Channel District. Bayshore Boulevard runs along the bay, and is east of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

Hillsborough County, Florida County in Florida, United States

Hillsborough County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. In the 2010 census, the population was 1,229,226, making it the fourth-most populous county in Florida and the most populous county outside the Miami Metropolitan Area. A 2017 estimate has the population of Hillsborough County at 1,408,566 people, which itself is greater than the populations of 10 states according to their 2017 population estimates. Its county seat and largest city is Tampa.


Robinson's biggest rival is Henry B. Plant High School, with a 56 year old rivalry between them. One of the school's biggest events of the year is the Robinson vs Plant football game, known as The Battle of South Tampa.


Robinson Knights were State Runner-up in football in 1963.They were defeated by Coral Gables High School 16-14 in the First Florida Official High School Championship. It was played at the University of Tampa's Phillips Field on 12/13/63. In 1971 the Knights lost to Ft. Pierce Central in the State Championship game. That same school year the baseball team won the State Championship in Orlando. In 1998, Robinson High School Football team reached state semi final and lost to Glades Central. In 2012, Robinson High School football season was special. They finished the season with a 9-1 record as district champions. Also reached state semi final and lost to Tallahassee Godby. in 2014, the Robinson High School girl's flag football team won the FHSAA State Championship and was runner up in 2015. The boys' baseball team also made it to the state final four in 2015. The girls' volleyball team went to the state final four in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2016, the girls' flag football team won the 1A FHSAA State Championship for the second time against Harmony High School 20, and in 2017, they defended their title, and won against Miami Edison.

The following sports are available at Robinson:

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Cross country running sport in which competitors race by running a long-distance course on natural terrain

Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Sometimes the runners are referred to as harriers (dogs). The course, typically 4–12 kilometres (2.5–7.5 mi) long, may include surfaces of grass, and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Both men and women of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.

International Baccalaureate Programme

The school is the third Hillsborough County high school to have an International Baccalaureate Programme, with the other IB schools being C. Leon King High School, Strawberry Crest High School, and Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Florida). The program was established in the 2006-2007 school year and offers a Pre-IB curriculum for grades 9 and 10, and a rigorous IB Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12. Robinson received the status of a full-fledged IB diploma school for the 2008-2009 school year. The first class of IB students graduated in the spring of 2010.

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The Robinson High School class of 2015 had the highest IB pass rate not just in Hillsborough County but in the entire state of Florida with 100% of students receiving their IB diploma. Only 36 other IB schools in the United States out of 876 also accomplished this feat.

Robinson High's IB program is one of the most competitive schools to be accepted to in the county; only 150 spots are open every year. Robinson High School also had the highest number of National Merit semi finalists in Hillsborough County in 2015. [3]

Notable alumni

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  1. "ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. "Robinson". Member School Directory. Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. Sokol, Marlene (10 September 2015). "National Merit Semifinalists in Hillsborough" . Retrieved 12 September 2015.

Coordinates: 27°52′26″N82°30′54″W / 27.873898°N 82.515006°W / 27.873898; -82.515006