Mission Statement  

The mission of W.D. Robbins Elementary School is to provide the opportunity for all students to become academically successful, technologically literate, and socially competent individuals.  This mission will be accomplished by providing an environment which is conducive to learning, with a challenging and updated curriculum, taught by a competent and motivated staff.  This mission will be supported by parents and the community.

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  About The School  

Professor William Douglass Robbins

Our school is named after Prof. William Douglass Robbins.  Read about Mr. Robbins below.

Prof. William Douglass Robbins


(December 25, 1897 - November 11, 1963)

William Douglass Robbins came to Mobile at the age of two and was the son of Joe J. and Virginia Washington-Robbins of Coy, Alabama.  He was one of four children, the only son, and his sisters were Katherine, Annie, and Hattie.  Robbins was born on Christmas Day in 1897 in Lower Peach Tree, Alabama.  He graduated from the Broad Street Academy under William Amyer Caldwell in the class of 1913.  He served his country during World War I.  Robbins had the privilege of a secondary education and attended Alabama State College.  He later received his Master's degree from New York University.  Robbins was awarded honorary degrees from Tuskegee Institute and Alabama State College because of his outstanding achievements in the field of music.  He was a member of the Franklin Street Baptist Church where he served many years as the organist.  His educational experiences cover many miles in that he taught at Cottage Hill, Allenville, Grand Bay, and Booker T. Washington Schools.  When the new A. F. Owens School was built near Davis Avenue in 1932, he was selected to be the principal.  He served as the principal of this school from 1932 until his death in 1963. 

Robbins was involved in various civic organizations, such as the Mobile County Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the Alabama State Teachers Association.  He was never married and had no children.  Because of his association and love of children, they referred to him as "Fess" for professor. 

Robbins studied under the great educator, George Washington Carver, while in Tuskegee.  As many people remembered, he would use phonics to teach young people how to read.  He ran an obedient school and reminded the children to be respectful of one another.  There were so many children who passed under the leadership of Professor Robbins, and they remembered the things he taught them which contributed to their success as adults in their chosen fields.  After a brief illness, Robbins died November 11, 1963, at the age of sixty-four and is buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery.  The newly built Robbins Elementary School was dedicated in honor of William Douglass Robbins on September 12, 1965.  This elementary school is located on Main Street in Prichard, Alabama.

Robbins Elementary School-Wide Rules

1.  Respect all adults, students and school property.

2.  Be prepared with all school supplies daily.

3.  Return all lost items to the office immediately.

4.  Attend school everyday and be on time.

5.  Use self-control and make good choices.

6.  Always walk quietly.


Lil' Leopards



Breakfast.....................7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Take in time..........................8:00 a.m.

Tardy Bell.............................8:15 a.m.

Dismissal for bus,van, and walkers only.........2:55 p.m.

Dismissal for walkers and car riders.......3:00 p.m.

Principal Contact Times

We are extremely excited about this school year.  If you wish to contact Mrs. Stewart during the school year, please feel free to give her a call between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m.  During the first few minutes of school, faculty and staff are busy welcoming students and taking care of daily duties.  Therefore it is best to wait until after 8:30 a.m. when announcements are completed and all students are in the classrooms to try and get in touch with Mrs. Stewart.  Likewise, afternoon announcements and afternoon dismissal are very busy times for our faculty and staff and would not be a good time to reach the principal.  You may give her a call after 3:30 when dismissal is over.  If Mrs. Stewart is not available, please feel free to speak to any other office or administrative personnel who may be able to answer your questions.  If a message is taken, rest assured that Mrs. Stewart will return your call as soon as possible.

Requesting Teacher Conferences

If you wish to request a conference with your child's teacher you may call the office at 221-1600 and leave a message for the teacher to call you back to schedule a conference time.  The office staff should also be able to inform you of that particular teachers planning time.  Teachers can not be pulled from instructional time to answer phone calls or hold conferences.  The only time that the teachers are allowed to hold conferences are before or after school or during his/her planning time.

Early Dismissals

Due to the importance of daily attendance it is imperative that students attend the full school day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Therefore, no early dismissals will be allowed after 2:30 p.m.  Please plan all doctor appointments, etc. accordingly.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this school-wide policy. 

Buses and Day Care Vans

There is now one regular bus route for Robbins Elementary.   We have several day cares that provide morning and afternoon transportation for their students.  If you want a list of day cares that currently provide this service you may contact the office at 221-1600 or your current day care provider. 

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

To view the Mobile County Public Schools Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, please click here.  To view Robbins Elementary's Parent/Student Handbook, click here.