Frequently Asked Questions

Little Rock Central High School front entrance

Little Rock Central High School

Photo by Sally Goldman

Is Little Rock Central High School still an operating high school?


Yes. The school is a 4-year public high school with approximately 2,500 students.


How many students attended Central High School in 1957?


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.


What is the racial makeup of the school today?


The student body at Central High School is approximately 54% Black and 43% White.


Can I tour the high school?


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.


Are the Little Rock Nine all still alive?


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.


Was Central High the first school in Arkansas to desegregate?


No. Charleston schools and Fayetteville High School (both in the northwest part of the state) desegregated in the fall of 1954 after theBrown v. Board of Educationdecision. 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.


When was Central High School Built?


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.)

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