• Front facade of Little Rock Central High School

    Little Rock Central High School

    National Historic Site Arkansas

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  • Restricted Access to Central High School

    All park visitors, including tour buses, must park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Street parking is reserved for Little Rock School District buses and parents. Visitors may enter the school only on guided tours.

  • Holiday Closings

    The National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The Visitor Center may close at 2:30 PM on the day before each of these federal holidays. The Visitor Center number is 501.374.1957.

Summer Teacher Institute

Teachers gather in front of Little Rock Central High School for a group photo in July 2010.

NPS Photo.

Apply now to attend the 2011 Summer Teacher Institute at Little Rock Central High School NHS, July 17th-22nd, 2011.

The Institute will bring teachers together in Little Rock, Arkansas for a comprehensive study of the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school desegregation.

Teachers will examine the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas using primary and secondary sources; examine components of the Civil Rights Movement; analyze fundamental rights of individuals such as civil liberties, due process, and equal protection; and examine Supreme Court cases which have altered the interpretation of the United States Constitution: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, in a student-centered approach by using best practices.

Teachers will receive an honorarium to cover travel cost; amount to be determined by April 2011. Teachers will be given the honorarium on the first day of the Institute. Housing, which is included in the honorarium will be located at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Commons Apartments.

Application packets must be postmarked by April 1, 2011. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Click here to download the application and guidelines.

For more information, call the park's education specialist at 501.396.3012 or click here to send an email.

Did You Know?

Science lab at Dunbar High School, circa 1942

Dunbar High School served as the school for African American students in Little Rock prior to desegregation. Today, it is a magnet middle school and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site