Growing up in Central Banning was great. All of the schools - Central, Coombs Junior High, and Banning high School were all within walking distance from our neighborhood. Repplier Park was the spot for picnics, Tennis, and Boy Scouts. Before the big box stores were built off of Highland Springs Rd, Downtown had plenty of stores including Constantinos , Picketts Market, O'brians Pharmacy, Tri-city Stationeries, JC Penny, McManns, and more.
Neighborhoods | Community | Downtown
Central Banning residential areas are the oldest in the town. Located north of downtown up to the Banning wash, are older middle class homes. Most of these neighborhoods have well established tree lined streets.
John Repplier planted evergreens from 1910 to 1913 along North San Gorgonio Ave. and the crossing streets. By 1915 John had planted trees along 7 miles of Banning's Streets . ( History of Banning PDF )
You will find most of Banning's city buildings as well as Central ( Elementary school), Nicolet (Middle School), and the district office in Central Banning. Repplier Park has a public swimming pool, baseball field, skate park, playhouse bowl, and is home to the Banning Parks and Recreation Department.
The Banning Unified School District office on the corner of 2nd and Williams is the site of Banning's first stucco school built in the early 1900s. ( History of Banning PDF )
Banning's Downtown, like many towns, lost many of its local businesses as large shopping centers were constructed. There has been an effort to revitalize the downtown area with major restorations to buildings along Ramsey and San Gorgonio.
Banning Fox Theatre has been operating since its opening in 1928. In the late 1940s Bob Hope broadcast several of his NBC radio programs from the Banning Theater (currently the Banning Fox Cineplex Theatre) and had numerous entertainers as guests on his show. ( Banning Library - Movie Theatres of the San Gorgonio Pass PDF )
- Central Banning
- Fox Theatre www.foxcineplex.com/
- City of Banning - banning.ca.us/
- Banning Library - www.banninglibrarydistrict.org/
- Police Department - www.banningpolice.org/
- Banning Churches - www.churchfinder.com/churches/ca/banning
- Central School - central.banning.k12.ca.us
- Nicolet Middle School - nicolet.banning.k12.ca.us