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About Milton Hershey School

The MHS Story

Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private school for boys and girls in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Milton and Catherine Hershey founded the school in 1909 with money they earned from the chocolate company. Since then, the lives of more than 10,000 children from lower-income families have been transformed through high-quality education and structured home life.

History of MHS - Milton Hershey and the boys

Making History

Take a look back at more than 100 years of MHS history. It started as a school for orphans focused on agricultural and vocational training. Now, it serves as a home-away-from-home for more than 2,100 students each year.

Learn more about Milton Hershey School's campus and programs.

Fast Facts

Get to know Milton Hershey School in three minutes or fewer with our Fast Facts school summary.

About the School - President Gurt and the state of the school

Office of the President

President Peter G. Gurt ’85 designed an ambitious strategic plan to lead MHS into the future with the 2020 Vision.

State of the School

Get a full picture of the current state of the school from our interactive Brown and Gold annual report.

More MHS Resources

With a history as long and as incredible as ours, there is a lot more to learn about MHS.

MHS student asks a question in class.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review some of the most common questions about the school and programs.


Campus Landmarks

Our historic campus is home to several iconic buildings. Visitors can tour Founders Hall.

MHS elementary boys student home family

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Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. View full Equal Opportunity Policy.