Arkansas’ Most Beautiful Public High School Used to Be the Largest in the Nation
School can sometimes be a little easier when you've got a beautiful environment around you.
As a kid, I actually liked school. I was good in school and I played every sport I could throughout the year. Not every minute of every day was paradise, but I enjoyed my school years and remember them fondly. Part of that was because my tiny high school was nestled in the picturesque mountains of California and looking back, I think "Wow, what a beautiful setting. We were so spoiled."
In the state of Arkansas, the students at Little Rock Central High School are spoiled.
This is according to a list published by Architectural Digest of the "Most Beautiful Public High Schools in America." They looked at schools all across the country and found that Little Rock, Arkansas is home to the most stunning campus. Little Rock Central is an oldie, but a goodie. In fact, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When it opened in 1927, it was the largest and most expensive campuses. It cost $1.5 million to construct, which surpasses $20 million in today's money.
Little Rock Central is also know for its forced desegregation in 1957 which made national headlines. Nine African-American students were blocked from entering the building by the Arkansas National Guard. It was at the order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower that 1,200 members of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division escorted them in.
Kinda makes you wanna relive the good old days, huh?