• 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.

Oral History

Image of Central High School with text reading, Oral History Highlights, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

Click on the links below to watch the Little Rock Nine and others as they talk about the events of 1957-1959.

The Little Rock Nine Attend Classes

State and Federal Involvement

Student Interaction


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