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An Atlanta-area high school principal and his college professor wife reportedly drown during their vacation to Puerto Rico.

Jamar Robinson, the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, and his wife AnnMari Robinson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, have been identified as the drowning victims. They reportedly died last Sunday (November 8) in San Juan and leave behind their two sons, ages 14 and 15. One of the boys has special needs and is now staying with relatives.

Puerto Rico Headline News reports that the Robinsons traveled to Puerto Rico last weekend and were staying at the Conrad hotel.

Sunday afternoon, the couple were swimming behind the La Concha hotel when a strong current took AnnMari out to sea.

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Jamar then attempted to swim out and save his wife, but tragically they were both pulled under. Subsequently, several people who arrived on scene attempted to rescue the Robinsons, but they were unsuccessful. 

Westlake’s head football coach Booby May confirmed Robinsons’ passing on Twitter and paid tribute to them.

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” May wrote. “We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fulton County school system released an official statement addressing the tragic deaths.

“Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” officials stated. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.”

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Atlanta school principal and college professor wife drown on Puerto Rico vacation

An Atlanta-area high school principal and his college professor wife drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico this week. 

Jamar and Ann Marie Robinson were swimming in the ocean Sunday behind their beach resort hotel near San Juan when Ann Robinson was dragged by rip currents, according to a Puerto Rico news report. Jamar Robinson tried reaching for his wife and they both went under the water, the report said. 

Onlookers unsuccessfully tried to rescue the couple, authorities said. 

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” Bobby May, a football coach at Westlake High Scool, where Robinson was principal, tweeted. “We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.” 

The couple leaves behind two boys, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

A message posted to the school’s website said Robinson “left a legacy of PRIDE that will live on through the faculty members and students that he impacted and encouraged to #BeTheChange.”

Robinson had been principal of the school, located just outside Atlanta city limits, since 2018. He was recognized as an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” in 2014 and was described by Fulton County Schools as a “passionate leader whose focus on relationship building and transparency has led to significant results for the communities and students that he serves.”

His wife was an assistant political science professor at Georgia State University Perimeter College, the newspaper reported. She was working toward her doctorate when she died. 

Jamar and Ann Robinson drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico over the weekend 

Jamar and Ann Robinson drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico over the weekend 
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“She was a beloved and admired member of the faculty and her loss is felt personally and professionally by all of us,” Dean Nancy Kropf told the newspaper in an emailed statement.

Ann Robinson was also known as the “encyclopedia” in her doctorate program because of her intellect and love of learning, the newspaper reported. Funeral arrangements for the couple were pending. 

A New York City couple also drowned while honeymooning in the Caribbean last month. Muhammad Malik, 26, a corporate attorney, and his 29-year-old wife, Dr. Noor Shah, a surgeon, were swimming in chest-high waters at a Turks and Caicos resort on Oct. 28 when they were overcome by strong riptides, the New York Post reported. 

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Atlanta couple drown on Puerto Rico vacation, leave behind 2 sons

The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University

Jamar and AnnMari Robinson were on vacation at a beach resort in Puerto Rico when they were both pulled into the ocean by a current and drowned. The incident occurred on Sunday at Condado Beach, according to the Daily Mail.

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AnnMari was swimming at the beach behind La Concha hotel when she was dragged out to sea. Her husband went in after her, but was also caught in the current. Bystanders attempted to save them but were unable to do so.

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The couple left behind two teenage sons, 14 and 15. One of the them has special needs, according to The Daily Mail.

The Robinsons were prominent figures in the Atlanta area. Jamar was the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia and AnnMari was an assistant professor at Georgia State, working towards a Ph.D. In 2014, Jamar was named an Outstanding Georgia Citizen.

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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, an official for the Fulton County school system released a statement about Jamar.

“Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” the statement said. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.”

The dean of George State, Nancy Kropf, said that AnnMari was a “beloved and admired member of the faculty.”

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The couple met when they were both studying at Florida A&M University, before eventually settling in the Atlanta area. 

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Atlanta principal drowns in Puerto Rico while trying to save his wife



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A well-respected Atlanta-area high school principal has drowned on a Puerto Rican beach while trying to rescue his wife, who also perished in the ocean during a weekend getaway. 

Jamar Robinson, the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, and his wife AnnMari Robinson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, have been identified as the tourists who died last Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

The couple leave behind their two sons, ages 14 and 15, including a boy with special needs, who are now staying with relatives. 



Steven Nelson standing next to a body of water: Tragedy; Georgia high school principal Jamar Robinson and his college professor wife, AnnMari (pictured), both drowned in Puerto Rico last week


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Tragedy; Georgia high school principal Jamar Robinson and his college professor wife, AnnMari (pictured), both drowned in Puerto Rico last week



a group of people on a beach: The Robinsons were on the beach behind the La Concha hotel in San Juan (pictured) on Sunday when a rip current pulled them under


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The Robinsons were on the beach behind the La Concha hotel in San Juan (pictured) on Sunday when a rip current pulled them under

According to a local news outlet, the Robinsons had traveled to Puerto Rico last weekend and were staying at the Conrad hotel.

At around 3pm on Sunday, Jamar and AnnMari were swimming behind the La Concha hotel when a strong rip current dragged the woman out to sea.

Her husband went after her, trying to get his wife to safety, but they both ended up being pulled under.

Several people who were on the scene attempted to rescue the Robinsons, but to no avail.

Westlake’s head football coach Booby May later confirmed Robinsons’ passing on Twitter.

‘Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,’ May wrote. ‘We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.’



a large building: Jamar Robinson served as the principal at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia


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Jamar Robinson served as the principal at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia

The Fulton County school system released an official statement addressing the tragic deaths of the principal and his wife, reported Atlanta Journal Constitution.

‘Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,’ officials stated. ‘We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.’

According to his biography posted on the Westlake High School’s website, Robinson was an Atlanta native and received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida A&M University, where he served as a drum major in the marching band. 

He then went on to earn advanced degrees from Georgia State and Georgia Southern universities.

Robinson has been repeatedly recognized for his work as an educator, including in 2014, when he was named an ‘Outstanding Georgia Citizen’ by then Secretary of State Brian Kemp.



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Robinson was named an ‘Outstanding Georgia Citizen’ in 2014 by then Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Robinson met his wife, AnnMari, at Florida A&M University, where graduated with degrees in criminal justice and public administration. At the time of

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Atlanta principal drowns on vacation in Puerto Rico while trying to save his wife who also died

Atlanta school principal drowns on vacation in Puerto Rico while trying to save his college professor wife who also died, leaving their two teenage sons orphans

  • Jamar and AnnMari Robinson drowned in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last Sunday
  • Local reports indicate AnnMari was dragged by a strong current and her husband tried to save her, but both went under 
  • Jamar was principal at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia; he was named ‘Outstanding Georgia Citizen’ in 2014 
  • His wife was assistant professor at Georgia State University and was working on her doctorate 
  • Couple leave behind their two sons, ages 14 and 15, including a specila-needs boy 

A well-respected Atlanta-area high school principal has drowned on a Puerto Rican beach while trying to rescue his wife, who also perished in the ocean during a weekend getaway. 

Jamar Robinson, the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, and his wife AnnMari Robinson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, have been identified as the tourists who died last Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

The couple leave behind their two sons, ages 14 and 15, including a boy with special needs, who are now staying with relatives. 

Tragedy; Georgia high school principal Jamar Robinson and his college professor wife, AnnMari (pictured), both drowned in Puerto Rico last week

Tragedy; Georgia high school principal Jamar Robinson and his college professor wife, AnnMari (pictured), both drowned in Puerto Rico last week 

The Robinsons were on the beach behind the La Concha hotel in San Juan (pictured) on Sunday when a rip current pulled them under

The Robinsons were on the beach behind the La Concha hotel in San Juan (pictured) on Sunday when a rip current pulled them under 

According to a local news outlet, the Robinsons had traveled to Puerto Rico last weekend and were staying at the Conrad hotel.

At around 3pm on Sunday, Jamar and AnnMari were swimming behind the La Concha hotel when a strong rip current dragged the woman out to sea.

Her husband went after her, trying to get his wife to safety, but they both ended up being pulled under.

Several people who were on the scene attempted to rescue the Robinsons, but to no avail.

Westlake’s head football coach Booby May later confirmed Robinsons’ passing on Twitter.

‘Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,’ May wrote. ‘We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.’

Jamar died trying to safe his wife, according to local reports

The couple leave behind two teenage sons, ages 14 and 15

Jamar died trying to safe his wife, according to local reports. The couple leave behind two teenage sons, ages 14 and 15 

Jamar Robinson served as the principal at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia

Jamar Robinson served as the principal at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia 

The Fulton County school system released an official statement addressing the tragic deaths of the principal and his wife, reported Atlanta Journal Constitution.

‘Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,’ officials stated. ‘We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.’

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GA high school principal, wife drown in Puerto Rico

A Georgia community is mourning the loss of a Fulton County principal who died while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

Westlake High School principal Jamar Robinson and his wife, AnnMari Robinson, drowned while swimming in the ocean behind their hotel early Sunday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing local media outlets.

A Puerto Rican outlet reports the couple was on the beach behind the La Concha Resort in San Juan when “a whirlpool and currents of water allegedly drag(ged) the woman, and her partner (came) to her aid — both dying in the incident.”

Locals in the area tried rescuing the couple but it was too late, according to the news site. Life-saving efforts by paramedics were also unsuccessful.

“Mr. Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” Fulton County Schools said in a statement obtained by McClatchy News. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family. School leadership and support staff are at the school to support students, teachers and staff. This support is also being provided remotely to students.”

News of the couple’s passing began circulating online Tuesday, and, in an email to students, Westlake administrators announced a switch to online learning “due to the tragic death of a staff member,” according to CBS46. Robinson was not named in the memo.

Condolences poured in as the community received confirmation that Robinson and his wife had died.

“I’m at a complete lost [sic] of words this morning, upon hearing of the passing of Westlake High School Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife this past weekend,” State Rep. William Boddie, D-Georgia, wrote on Facebook. “Principal Robinson was a Good Man and a Great Educator. Westlake High School continuously had high academic performance scores year after year. I will keep the entire Robinson and Westlake High School Families in my Prayers and Thoughts.”

Westlake assistant football coach Matthew Van Dusen lauded Robinson as an “amazing and passionate leader who loved Westlake and would do anything for its teachers and students.”

“Heartbroken by the news of Mr.Robinson,” a Westlake alum wrote on Twitter, adding: “That man showed Class of 2017 so much love!!! May him and his wife souls Rest In Peace.”

Robinson graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in DeKalb County before earning his bachelors in psychology from Florida A&M University, according to his bio on the Fulton County schools website. He would go on to earn advanced degrees from Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University.

The former teacher was known for showing love to his students and honoring Westlake’s 2020 graduates with an electronic billboard display on the highway earlier this year.

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Fulton County principal, wife drown during Puerto Rico vacation

Westlake High School Principal Jamar Robinson (Fulton County Schools)

The city of South Fulton is mourning after some heartbreaking news about the principal of Westlake High School.

Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife, Marie, died while on vacation in Puerto Rico after reportedly drowning near their hotel.

A native Atlantan, Robinson worked in multiple capacities at different schools in the area before becoming principal at Westlake. He was beloved by his school community.

“His vision was to inspire and motivate—this is something we can all look to do for each other to honor his legacy,” Westlake High School Coach Bobby May wrote on Twitter. “Lift up the people around you, celebrate success, and encourage others to stand up when they have fallen.”

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Back in April, he honored the entire senior class of Westlake with billboards.

It was his way to make things special for students who missed out on the typical graduation because of the pandemic.

Officials for asking for prayers for the students and community of the high school this morning.

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