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.
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.
Laws & Policies
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website for more information regarding state regulations.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. At Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, firearms are not permitted in the visitor center or education center (located in the historic Mobil service station.) In addition, Little Rock Central High School is an operating, four-year public school within the boundary of the park. State law prohibits firearms in "any school, college, community college, or university campus building or event, unless for the purpose of participating in an authorized firearms-related activity."
Did You Know?
Minnijean Brown, one of the nine African American students who desegregated Central High School in 1957, was expelled in February 1958 for retaliating against repeated harassment. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site