Known as "The Human Vacuum Cleaner," Brooks Robinson is regarded as arguably the best defensive third-baseman the game has ever seen - he could make even the most difficult of plays look routine.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson recalled what it was like to watch his teammate go to work: "He was the best defensive player at any position. I used to stand in the outfield like a fan and watch him make play after play. I used to think, 'WOW, I can't believe this.' "
Robinson began his career with the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he ever played for, in 1955, and for 23 years dazzled fans on the field with his glove. Off the field, he was humble and gracious. Joe Falls of The Detroit News pondered "How many interviews, how many questions - how many times you approached him and got only courtesy and decency in return. A true gentleman who never took himself seriously. I always had the idea he didn't know he was Brooks Robinson."
In total, the 18-time All-Star and winner of a record 16 consecuti...
The LRCH Tiger Foundation was proud to accept applications from academic departments, student clubs, athletic teams, and other applicants for grants that were to be used to fund projects that support current LRCH students. Over $16,000 was awarded to six applicants:
Science Department - $400 for Two Carolina Biological power supplies to run the gel electrophoresis chambers
Project Graduation - $1,000
Baseball - $3,000 for the purchase of a new pitching machine
Wrestling - $6,000 to go towards the purchase of a wrestling mat
Football - $5,000 to purchase weight room equipment
Band - $1,000 (plus tax & delivery) to purchase 20 new music stands
For more information on the Tiger Foundation and opportunities to donate, click HERE.
Thank you to everyone that joined us on Thursday, May 18 for the 1st Annual TigerFest!! Over 250 members of the LRCH family gathered at the First Security Amphitheater in Downtown Little Rock to enjoy great music, provided by the LRCH Jazz Band and the Swing Band Reunion, great food and drinks, provided by Corky's BBQ, and most importantly, great fellowship! We look forward to making TigerFest an annual event. If anyone is interested in serving on the planning committee for TigerFest 2018, please contact the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Imagine If Buildings Could Talk" project will use the arts to create a multidisciplinary remembrance festival, commemorating the 60-year anniversary of the 1957 desegregation crisis and the 90-year anniversary of Little Rock Central High School. Activities will include but are not limited to: a 3-D projection mapping on the school building by Scott Meador, architectural tours of Central High neighborhood civil rights landmarks and a pilgrimage event in the Central High Garden with Tania León, the composer of the Little Rock Nine opera. The weekend-long multidisciplinary festival will tell the story of the heroic stories of Central High School.
Events will take place September 23-25, 2017 but submissions for specific events are due in May. For more information or to donate funds to the 3-D video project, contact Gayle Seymour at (501) 450-3295.
The 3-D video projection event is about celebrating the school building and its history. The video is like a mural on the fron...
We are having a wonderful school year at your Little Rock Central High School:
We were the kick off school in Arkansas to host the Facebook press conference led by Governor Hutchinson for the donation of Virtual Reality equipment for our students' use.
Central was the host school for the Martin Luther King Commission's King Fest. We had a wonderful day with over 2,000 people attending.
LRCH was the recipient of a grant totaling nearly $500,000 which will help restore the historic exterior of our beautiful school. We were one of 39 preservation projects across the country to receive funding through the African American Civil Rights Grant Program. This, coupled with our recent restoration of our front doors, will make the front of our building shine!
Following the issues surfacing in schools all across the US following this year's Presidential election, our student council created a public service announcement that was posted to You Tube. It was quite a hit! Go to You T...
LRCH alum and acclaimed director Jeff Nichols returned home to Little Rock in November to host the Arkansas premier of his newest film, "Loving". The ticketed event which was hosted by Lost Forty Brewing raised $10,000 that was donated to the Tiger Foundation. Two of the Little Rock Nine, Elizabeth Eckford and Thelma Mothershed Wair, were in attendance and were greeted with a standing ovation after they were acknowledged from the stage. "Loving" tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the Virginia couple whose marriage led to the seminal 1967 Supreme Court case that overturned bans on interracial marriage.
Dr. Keller is Dean and Rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, following in the footsteps of his father, Christoph Keller, Jr., who served as Bishop of Arkansas from 1970 to 1981. Throughout his life, Chris has blended scholarly pursuits with innovative leadership. While he was student body president at Central, Chris initiated organized soccer in central Arkansas, challenging other local high schools to form soccer teams. Following high school, Chris attended Amherst College as an American Studies major, with a focus on southern history and an accent on ethnicity and race. While a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, he left to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School, and later earned a Doctor of Theology from the General Theology Seminary in New York. Today, he serves on the boards of Deltic Timber Corporation and Murphy USA along with his work at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Julie has been a driving force alongside Chris for a lifetime of service, and Central High has been a...
Roosevelt Thompson was born on January 28, 1962, in Little Rock to the Reverend C. R. Thompson and Dorothy L. Thompson. He attended Little Rock Central High School and participated in many of Central's activities. During his freshman year, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in public service. By his junior year, his teachers were already talking to him about becoming a Rhodes Scholar. He was involved in school plays, the school newspaper, and various academic groups, and he was named the All-Star player on the football team in his senior year, during which he also served as student-body president. He went on to become a National Merit Scholar.
After graduating from Central High School, Thompson went to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he studied history and economic/political science and received many honors. As a sophomore, Thompson was elected president of the Calhoun College Student Council. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious academic honor soci...
The Class of '76 met the weekend of June 24-25th for their 40th Reunion. The weekend festivities included a walk-through tour of the school and an evening mixer at the Doubletree on Friday. On Saturday, the group met for a picture in front of the reflecting pool and had a reception at the Doubletree on Saturday evening. Photos courtesy of the Class of 1976 Facebook page.