The 1957 Desegregation Crisis at Central High School

Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States.  The nine African-American students' persistence in attending the formerly all-white Central High School was the most prominent national example of the implementation of the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.


KinCo Construction of Little Rock removes the original doors and windows of Central High's grand entrance to send them to Re-View restoration specialists in Kansas City, Mo for preservation treatment.  They should be reinstalled in late Spring, 2016.

Progress in Preservation

In partnership, the Little Rock School District and National Park Service begin the NPS Centennial Year with preservation of LRCHS's main entrance.

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Every Kid in a Park Logo

Every Kid in a Park

Fourth graders can earn a free pass to visit public lands with their families! Complete a fun activity to get your pass and start exploring.

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Ranger Brian about to lead a tour into Central High School

Guided Tours

The only way to tour the inside of Central High School is on a Ranger Guided Tour. Find out how to reserve your spot in advance.

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Educator's Institute participants standing with a ranger in front of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Civil Rights Educator's Institute

The 2016 Civil Rights Educator's Institute, will be held July 10-15, 2016. Email Ranger Jodi Morris at for an application.

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Magnolia/Mobil Service Station

What is the significance of the gas station?

Ever wonder what the significance of the gas station across from Central High School is? Find out in this short video with Ranger Nicci.

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Park Ranger Toni speaks to a visiting school group

Plan A Field Trip

Find out how to plan your class's visit to Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

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VIPs work on a vegetation project

Volunteer Opportunities announced for 2015-2016

From working with archive materials, to delivering programs, to editing media, to assisting with special events, there is an opportunity for you.

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LRCHS currently enrolls over 2,500 students.

Still A High School

Central High School National Historic Site is the only National Park unit that features an operating public high school.

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Find Your Park

Find Your Park Poetry Workshop Videos

Watch the videos and hear original spoken word pieces written and performed by LRCHS Students from the first Find Your Park Poetry Workshop.

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