Hall High School
6700 H Street
Little Rock AR 72205
Principal: John Daniels
PTSA President: Sandra Blade
Grade Levels: 9-12
Since opening in 1957, Hall High School has been dedicated to the academic achievement of all its students. It remains one of only three Arkansas public schools admitted (1963) to the National Cum Laude Society, the high school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé). Since its founding in 1906, Cum Laude has grown to 344 chapters - most chapters being in private schools and approximately two dozen located in public schools.
Hall has produced an impressive roster of graduates: General Wesley Clark (Supreme Commander NATO Forces), Bruce Lindsey (Advisor to President Clinton), Jim Guy Tucker (Former Governor), David Auburn (Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright -"Proof"), E. Lynn Harris (Best-selling Author), Sidney Moncrief (Milwaukee Bucks), Chris Akins (Cleveland Browns), Audra Burks (LPGA), DeeDee Brown (Professional Track Star), Jean Knaack (Executive Director Road Runners Club of America), and Richard Thalheimer (founder and CEO of Sharper Image).
More than half of Hall's faculty hold advanced degrees (six with doctorate degrees) and it is now one of the few schools in the LRSD with a lawyer as a faculty member. Hall's faculty boasts a total of 1791 years of teaching experience (18 years average). Through a partnership with the Arkansas Global Programs Department at UALR and its director, Professor Martha Morton, seven Hall teachers will have participated in the Bringing China to Arkansas Program (BCAP) - a study program, teacher workshops, a 3-week study tour of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and minority regions), school and community outreach, participation in teacher conference and international festivals, public lecture series, and a traveling culture exhibit.
Hall High School is known as the Newcomer Center for the Little Rock School District's secondary students. This means that all LRSD secondary students whose native languages are not English have the option of attending Hall High School and participating in our ESL program. ESL stands for English as a Second Language; students who are enrolled in this program are those whose families have moved to the United States from foreign countries, and whose native languages are not English. These Newcomers, as well as many foreign exchange students, round out Hall's multicultural population and help maximize daily opportunities for all students to develop the academic and social skills needed in today's complex global community. The ESL program includes courses taught by teachers with training in each subject area. For more information on our ESL program, contact Dr. Leslie Purdy-Hoyt, the ESL coordinator, at 501.447.1945 or e-mail Leslie.Purdy@lrsd.org.
Hall High School was the first high school to receive the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (21st CCLC) in 2002. The logo for the state 21st CCLC program was designed by a Hall student. The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for "out-of-school" educational experiences for students and their families in the Hall community. Hall's Extended Learning Program (HELP) includes: a one-hour before-school tutoring program, a two-hour after-school program, a three-week ESL Summer Institute, a two-week Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshmen, NovaNet Credit Recovery and Remediation classes, Ballroom Dance classes, Yoga classes, Art classes, and Bubble-Kid "Boot Camps" in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, and Literacy. The grant also provides mentoring and counseling services for students and their parents.
Hall, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Arkansas (JA), was awarded a SECOND 21st CCLC grant in the fall of 2007 which will provide five more years of funding for out-of-school activities. Junior Achievement will provide entrepreneurial and economics/financial education classes to students and their parents.
Currently Hall is undergoing a renaissance and returning to our roots of excellence. Hall is applying the 10 key practices of High Schools That Work as the engine to drive the reform effort. Hall has been awarded a second Smaller Learning Community Grant. We are in the process of restructuring the school into two smaller learning communities: the Warrior Academy - composed of the freshman and sophomore classes and the Upper Academy composed of the junior and senior classes. The Warrior Academy will provide the strong foundation necessary for student success. Students will also have the option of completing coursework at Metropolitan.
Students in the Upper Academy will choose a career focus from one of three broad areas:
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY: Construction & Transport Services, or Consumer Services, or Business Administration
ARTS & HUMANITIES: Visual & Performing Arts, or Modern Languages, or Political Science/Law
APPLIED SCIENCES: Natural Sciences/Mathematics, or Health & Wellness, or Computer Science
New courses designed and only available at Hall: Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture I, Spanish for Native Speakers I, Spanish for Native Speakers II, Contemporary Literature, Applied Art, Digital Imaging, Street Law, Rights & Liberties, Media in Politics, Campaigns & Elections, Zoology, Botany, Intro to Vet Science, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), and First Aid.
If you would like to know more about the LRSD's "best-kept secret," please schedule a visit by calling Marshall Sladyen at 501.447.1960 or email Marshall Sladyen.
Partners in Education:
- LR District Corps of Engineers
- Romco Drums, Inc/Rosen Music
- Rotary Club No 99 - Downtown
- Solid Brass of Little Rock
- St. Mark Baptist Church
- UALR Bowen School of Law
- UALR Bowen School of Law Hispanic Student Association
- Metropolitan National Bank - Tanglewood Branch
Last Updated: February 15, 2013