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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 qualifying 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 and tradition. 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.

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Fast Facts

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

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

Office of the President

President Pete G. Gurt ’85 designed an ambitious strategic plan to lead MHS into the future with Our Future in Focus.

State of the School

Get a full picture of the current state of the school from our interactive Brown and Gold annual report. Then, hear from MHS thought leaders about topics such as education, whole child care, college and career readiness, diversity and inclusion, safety, and more.

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More MHS Resources

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

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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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We’re happy to help you learn more about MHS or become part of our family.

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Inspired by Milton Hershey School

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning is a subsidiary of Milton Hershey School. CHS provides a cost-free educational, social, and cognitive day program to children of lower income from birth to age 5. Its Early Childhood Resource Centers are located in Pennsylvania.

CHS was inspired by MHS and is operated independently of the MHS core model.

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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. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.