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 only enter Central 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.
Things To Do
The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site visitor center features a permanent exhibit on the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School and a bookstore. Visitors are welcome to explore the center, the Commemorative Garden, and the historic Central High neighborhood on their own. Rangers are available at the information desk to answer questions and provide an introduction to the exhibits. In addition, rangers conduct special programs throughout the summer and the school year. Please call (501) 374-1957 for more information or see the schedule of events for a list of upcoming programs.
Rangers offer guided tours of the high school by reservation only. These tours are limited to a maximum of 50 participants and must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance by calling (501) 374-1957. The school is an operating high school, so visitors are strictly prohibited from entering or touring the school on their own or without being accompanied by the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
In 1958 Senior Ernest Green became the first African American graduate of Central High School. Martin Luther King, Jr. attended the ceremony as a guest of the Green family. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site