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1500 Park Street
Little Rock AR 72202

Telephone:501-447-1400 
Fax: 501-447-1401
Principal: Nancy Rousseau 
Enrollment: 2422
PTSA President: Lisa Hope
Grade Levels: 9-12 

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Little Rock Central High is a school rich with history, academic excellence and diversity.  The structure, built in 1927, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. At one time it was designated by the American Institute of Architects as "the most beautiful high school in America." In the fall of 2007, two historic anniversaries were observed: the 50th anniversary of "The Central High Crisis of 1957," when the school was desegregated, and the 80th anniversary of the structure itself. These events also coincided with the opening of the new Central High Museum and Visitors' Center at the corner of Daisy Bates Avenue and Park Street.  

Staff
- 170 teachers, 85 with advanced degrees
- Principal with seven assistant principals
- Seven guidance counselors
- Gifted specialist
- Literacy/Math Coaches
- Full-time school nurse
- Wellness Center with nurse and social worker
- Readers for National Merit, National Achievement, and College Board
- Teacher of the Year Awards in vocational education, math, marketing, distributive education, choral   music, chemistry, home economics
- 42 Stephens Awards for excellence in teaching

Students
- Most National Merit and National Achievement finalists in state in last 10 years
- Over $10 million in scholarships last year
- 7 Presidential Scholars since 2000
- 134 AP Scholars
- Domination of the awards at regional and state Science Fairs
- Largest number of delegates to Boys' and Girls' State
- Most participants in Governor's School Gifted and Talented Program
- Competed in chemistry Olympiad, Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, mock trial, math counts, SECME
- 77 Stephens' Award winners for outstanding academic achievement

Facilities
- Listed on the National Register of Historic places and the only high school in the U.S. designated as a National Park
- Named "The most beautiful high school in America" by the American Institute of Architects
- Over $12 million dedicated to renovation of building and grounds
- Central High Museum and Memorial Garden visited by thousands of visitors yearly
- Numerous computer labs with additional computers in every classroom, including an EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) lab

Programs
- International Studies Magnet Program
- EAST Computer Laboratory
- Over 30 service, academic, and honors clubs available
- Award-winning instrumental and concert band and choral programs
- Over 177 courses offered, including 30 AP courses and 5 foreign languages
- Championship sports programs, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, wrestling, bowling, volleyball, swimming, track & field, and softball
- Posted by the admissions officers of the nation's most selective colleges and universities as one of the 16 best high schools in preparing students for college
- Fully accredited by the North Central Association since 1925
- Newsweek's 2010 94th best High School in America
- Oldest charter west of the Mississippi in the Cum Laude Society
- Student publications including The Tiger, The Pix, and The Labyrinth
- Outstanding competitive speech and debate programs
- Strong Air Force R.O.T.C. and SECME programs
- Cheerleader, Drill Team, and Flag Line Spirit groups
- 1000+ PTSA membership
- AVID program

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Partners in Education:

  • UALR College of Education

  • Heifer International

  • Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

  • The Peabody Hotel

  • Corky's Ribs and BBQ

  • Little Rock Zoo

  • Ozark Waffles

  • Arkansas Extended Learning Center

  • LR Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Little Rock Wastewater Utility

  • P.A.R.K.