Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The school is a 4-year public high school with approximately 2,500 students.
The student body in 1957 numbered approximately 1,800 students. Within the last few years, the Little Rock School District moved to a middle school system, which means 9th graders now attend Central. In the 1950's, the school included only grades 10-12.
The student body at Central High School is approximately 54% Black and 43% White.
Tours of the school are conducted by reservation and free of charge. For information on making your reservations visit the Guided Tours page. Because the school is still owned and operated by the Little Rock School District, tours are only conducted when school is in session.
Sadly no, Mr. Jefferson Thomas passed away in 2010 of pancreatic cancer. The eight other members of the Little Rock Nine live throughout the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands.
No. Charleston schools and Fayetteville High School (both in the northwest part of the state) desegregated in the fall of 1954 after thedecision. Hoxie School District, in Northeast Arkansas, desegregated its schools in 1955 and obtained a court injunction preventing segregationists from interfering with desegregation there. In 1956, Bentonville (in Northwest Arkansas) desegregated all 12 grades and Hot Springs (in Central Arkansas) desegregated its high school automotive classes.
Little Rock Central High School was built in 1927 at a cost of $1.5 million (that's approximately $20.1 million in 2015 dollars.)