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The First Day of School       

For more than 4,500 students in the Banning Unified School District, the 2019-2020 school year is underway. On Aug. 7th, youngsters grabbed their backpacks and headed to class.

And so we joined them to capture many poignant moments through a series of photo galleries titled, The First Day of School. The scenes were captured at Central Elementary School, Nicolet Middle School, and Banning High School.

As a District, we believe in "Enlightening Young Minds." And so each year, we commit to helping youngsters pursue an education filled with discovery and promise!

Please enjoy this glimpse into the classroom and seeing the outstanding work of our students.


Banning Unified School District is a diverse community that collaborates to develop responsible, respectful, prepared students to achieve their full potential.


Banning Unified School District's vision is to prepare, inspire, and educate

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Banning Unified School District, one of the oldest districts in Riverside County, serves a three hundred square mile area. It encompasses Cabazon, White Water, Poppet Flats, and the Morongo Indian Reservation, as well District Office At Nightas the city of Banning. The San Gorgonio School District was formed in 1877 and later became the Banning Unified School District. There were 14 children enrolled when the first school opened in a one-room shack. The school moved several times and burned to the ground once before 1907 when a new stucco building was built on Williams Street and a separate high school was started. The Williams Street building is still in use as the Banning district office and administration center.

The district educates approximately 5,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Banning Unified School District has four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one comprehensive high school, one continuation high school and one independent study school. The district is one of the largest employers in the city of Banning with approximately 570 employees.

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