In 1977 a group of motivated business people, professionals, educators and clergy, spearheaded by the late Very Rev. Fr. Kourken Yaralian, established the Armenian Community School of Fresno. Their mission was to provide an exceptional education to valley youth, while teaching Armenian language and culture. Since that time, the school has continued to instill in its students confidence and the foundations of learning to become productive citizens of the United States and the global community.
After its first few years at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, the school had various other locations in Fresno. However, in 2007, Fresno native Charlie Keyan donated the necessary funds to purchase the land for the construction of a new and permanent campus. To honor this unprecedented monetary contribution, the voting members of the school’s Annual Assembly voted unanimously to rename the school in his honor.