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Robert Collins

Inducted 1994

Robert Collins’ dedication to co-curricular activities can be traced back to his high school days in Morgantown, W.Va., where he was a letterman on state championship teams in wrestling, track and field, and football.

Collins, who was born in Uniontown, Pa., continued his winning athletic career in college at the University of Tampa and later at the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Crimson Tide’s 1944 Sugar Bowl and the 1945 Rose Bowl teams.

After receiving his master’s degree from the University of West Virginia in 1948, Collins began his professional career as head track coach and assistant football and basketball coach at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Upon being certified in administration and supervision from the University of Florida, Collins served in various teaching and administrative positions – including Hillsborough High school, where he served as principal for more than 15 years.

Although a principal at one of Florida’s largest high schools, Collins remained actively involved in interscholastic athletics.

In 1974, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida High School Activities Association as District 8 Director. He remained affiliated with the FHSAA for 10 years, serving as Vice President from 1979-81 and as President from 1981-84.

He also served as supervisor of the Hillsborough County Summer Swimming Program, and as Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Conference of Hillsborough County

Collins retired from the Hillsborough County School System after more than 37 years of service to the young people of that county.

Collins and his wife, Frances, have recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They have on daughter, Kathryn Peek; a son-in-law, Eugene Peek III; and two grandchildren, Lauren and Colin Peek.