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Little Rock Central High School

1500 S Park St, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
+1 501-374-1957
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Friendly staff easy parking. Definitely worth a visit for all Americans. A good and important... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrew F
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Probably required visit for visitors. Lots of history. Famous facade. The remaining buildings are a... read more

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Delta E
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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This National Park Service site encompasses the campus, but Central High is still an active high school. Visitors should park and begin their visit at the National Park Visitor Center, located diagonally across from the campus, at 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Drive. Visitor entrance into the school is via free Ranger-led tours, which need to be reserved in advance to guarantee participation. Interpreting the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on school integration, this National Historic Site focuses on the 1957 desegregation crisis that resulted when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered National Guard troops to prevent the first African American students, "The Little Rock Nine," from entering formerly all white Little Rock Central High School, leading to federal intervention by order of President Dwight Eisenhower.
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1500 S Park St, Little Rock, AR 72202-5843
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff easy parking. Definitely worth a visit for all Americans. A good and important history lesson about dark period of our past.

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably required visit for visitors. Lots of history. Famous facade. The remaining buildings are a little underwhelming.

Thank Delta E
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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Not the usual response we hear, however, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thank you for visitng Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and sharing your perspective.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The civil rights history that occurred at Little Rock Central High School is so important to everyone. The guide gave us a great historical context for the events that took place there. Highly recommend. Loved the old gas station across the street where gas was...More

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for exploring history at Central High National Historic Site.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Little Rock Central High School in May 2018 and took the tour led by NPS Ranger Randy. Randy was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate about the story around the Little Rock Nine. He provided a thorough background and perspectives from...More

Thank Alex C
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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting the site and taking time for a ranger led tour.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have an opportunity to experience this tour in person, do yourself a favor and go. The rangers do a great job of helping individuals understand this moment in History.

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for making time for a tour and for sharing your experience with others.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw a graduating Afriican American student and his mom when we arrived. He explained the 10 benches around the pond. His mother took picturesfor me and my daughter, while my daughter switched off and took picutres for them. Love the history behind this iconic school....More

Thank Pamela B
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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and happy that you got to meet one of today's Central Tigers. Little Rock Central High is the only operating high school that is the main focus of a National Park unit. The visitor center for this National Historic Site is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was so impressed by the architecture of this high school. The elaborate landscaping was quite impressive. We stopped at the Visitors Center diagonally across the street. We watched the video shown about the Little Rock integration during the late 1950's. Very educational!!

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

The campus landscape is a credit to the Little Rock School District volunteers and maintenance staff. Little Rock Central High, originally named Little Rock Senior High, has been continuously recognized for its outstanding architecture by the American Institute of Architects since its dedication in 1927.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History was made here. I remember seeing this on TV as a child, but seeing through adult eyes and knowing the history made here..........is a must see. Brave children!

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This high school in Little Rock was the site of one of the most important events during the Civil Rights struggles of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It's still an active high school so there's a NPS visitor center next to the school that...More

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your efforts to see the site. We are working with Little Rock Central High Memory Project students to create an app that will help visitors walk through the history of the Central High crisis no matter what time they arrive. You can...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walk in the footsteps of the brave & frightened students of 1957. National Park Service tour is excellent. Reserve a spot ahead of time.

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Ranger M, Ranger at Little Rock Central High School, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for making time for the Ranger led tour and thank you for sharing your experience with others.

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rochchacha
16 March 2018|
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Response from rossf976 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor center does a good job of explaining this complicated period of American history. But I think you should see the high school anyway. It's certainly worth an hour or two of your time in Little Rock.
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chaboinga
27 February 2018|
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Response from Ranger M | Property representative |
Rangers recommend the site for children in 4th grade and up. Younger children often do come with families and we are happy to have them visit, but the history, images and reading level of exhibits may be difficult for very... More
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