Robinson Elementary School
|Robinson Elementary School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||8400 1st Avenue South, (map)|
|Colors||blue & gold|
J. E. Robinson Elementary School is an elementary school in the Birmingham Public School System that feeds into Ossie Ware Middle School. The school is located at 8400 1st Avenue South, just north of I-59 in the South East Lake neighborhood of the Roebuck-South East Lake community. The principal is Sandra Kindell.
The original Robinson School was constructed at the corner of 1st Avenue North and 84th Street in 1909 on behalf what was then the Town of East Lake. It was absorbed into Birmingham as part of the "Greater Birmingham" annexation that took effect on January 1, 1910. The six-classroom building was expanded in 1921 to with another six classrooms. The addition was designed by architect William Leslie Welton.
The Birmingham Board of Education's Survey of Birmingham Schools, published in 1923, found that the "recently improved and expanded" 12-classroom building still lacked a gymnasium, auditorium, music room, nature study, laboratory and library, all of which were recommended for schools at that time. The cooking room was considered too small, but the shop area was ample and the playground space, while in need of expansion, was above average for city schools.
61st Street Elementary School was merged into Robinson, and a new, much larger school was constructed on the same block, west of the original building.
School colors are blue and gold and the nickname is "Robinson Roadrunners".
Based on test scores from 2017, Robinson was deemed a "failing school" under the terms of the Alabama Accountability Act, permitting parents to claim tax credits to transfer students to another school.