North Fork, CA 93643

Center Of California Sign

Center Of California Sign

The name North Fork is derived from the town’s location on the North Fork of Willow Creek. Just outside of ‘town’ is the ‘suburb’ of South Fork, referring to the area just past where the bridge crosses the South Fork of Willow Creek. When asked whether they are in Northern or Southern California the residents in North Fork delight in pointing out their town is the exact geographical center of California.

Downtown North Fork

Downtown North Fork

North Fork began as a stopping place for provisions at Brown’s Store on the trail taking cattle across the Sierras to feed the gold miners in Mammoth. Shortly thereafter a lumber mill was built and North Fork grew up around it. The town grew to the point that in the mid 1940s there were four grocery stores, a pharmacy, two gas stations, a movie theater, a hardware store, and several motels. The elementary school supported more than 200 students. The annual payroll at the mill was over $1 Million in the mid 1960s. In 1996 the mill closed plunging the local workers into unemployment and causing many of the local stores and services to close. The town is in a cycle of rebirth helped by becoming the first stop on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway to the High Sierras while the local residents are working to preserve its small town character. Today the estimated population is 3500 people consisting of the long time residents plus retirees looking for a peaceful village to escape from big city living.

North Fork Area Schools

North Fork Elementary School

North Fork Elementary School

North Fork Elementary School offers a K-8th program and is located at 3087 Road 228 in North Fork, CA. North Fork School is in the Chawanakee Unified School District.

Minarets High School

Minarets High School

Minarets High School opened its doors in 2009 and is part of the Chawanakee Unified School District. Minarets High School is located at 33030 Road 228 in North Fork, CA 93643.

State Center Community College District

State Center Community College District

The State Center Community College District operates the Oakhurst Center which offers a wide variety of courses including vocational and traditional degree programs.

Fresno State Campus

Fresno State Campus

The central valley city of Fresno is the home to California State University, Fresno. Fresno State, as the locals call it, is known for its strong academic programs and for its ardent sports fans. Fresno state is the home of the Bulldogs.

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