Virtual Founders Hall Visitors Center
We are glad you’re here to take a closer look at Milton Hershey School and our history. We know nothing replaces the magic of walking through Founders Hall, the stately monument dedicated to Milton and Catherine Hershey. But, until you’re able to visit us in Hershey, Pennsylvania, we’ve built the next best thing.
Explore more than 110 years of MHS history—anytime, anywhere—through this virtual experience. Navigate through our interactive exhibits, historical albums, and alumni awards/collections below. You’ll see that our unwavering mission to help children break the cycle of poverty and lead productive and fulfilling lives remains strong.
Fifty Years of Founders Hall
Milton Hershey School dedicated an iconic building on campus, Founders Hall, in 1970 in honor of Milton Hershey’s 113th birthday. The building was a part of a bigger plan to create a lasting tribute to our school’s founders.
Fifty years later in 2020, the building underwent renovations to bring it up to current-day safety and accessibility standards. The Founders Hall Visitors Center, also modernized as part of this project, will allow MHS to better share the compelling story of our school’s past, present, and future.
Historic Fish Fountain
When Founders Hall was built, plans included a fountain created by Aristides Demetrios, an award-winning sculptor from San Francisco. Featuring a school of fish leaping out of the water, the piece represents the joy reflected in the MHS student body. It was recently refurbished as part of the renovation project.
Explore Founders Hall
Drag to see a 360-degree view of Milton Hershey School Founders Hall. Then, click to engage with interactive content.
Signed in 1909
Milton and Catherine Hershey communicated what they wanted the school to be in the Deed of Trust that created the Hershey Industrial School in 1909. Their vision of providing a sound education, stable Home Life, and meeting all the needs of children in need comes alive in this Founders Hall Visitors Center exhibit, with a script from the original Deed of Trust, photographs, and moving images.
The Document that Changed History
Hear from MHS Students
The Life at MHS exhibit features five pillars with videos about what it is like to be a student at MHS. Students in Elementary, Middle, and Senior Divisions, plus an alumna, share about Home Life, extracurricular activities, a top-notch education, Career and Technical education, and life after MHS.
Look Back Through the Eras
The Founders Hall Visitors Center Spartan Memories exhibit features an interactive kiosk and viewing wall where memories come alive through the decades of MHS history. This digital interpretation of the installation gives online guests a flavor of the content available to them when visiting in person. Use the arrows on the photographs to scroll through each series.
Early Years (1910-1950)
Changing Times (1951-1980)
A New Century (2000-Now)
Founders’ Vision Continues
There are two life-changing dates in any MHS alumnus’ or alumna’s life—their birthday and the day they came to MHS. The Founders Hall Visitors Center Vision in Action exhibit shows how the MHS family comes together with a student’s own family to give them the best education, stable Home Life, and start in life possible.
The Vision That Continues To Grow
2023 Alumnus of the Year
Milton Hershey School named Robin Ferrer ’00 as the 2023 Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his commitment and dedication to providing quality health care and leadership to his community in New York City—even amidst a global pandemic. Ferrer is proud to receive this honor and be the first Hispanic alumnus to receive the prestigious award.
2022 Spartan Hall of Fame Inductees
MHS is proud to honor its newest group of distinguished alumni and coaches, the 2022 Spartan Hall of Fame inductees. The 2022 class of inductees celebrates the achievements of eight graduates, a former coach, and an athletic team in the areas of athletics and visual and performing arts.
To be considered for induction into the Spartan Hall of Fame, an individual must be nominated and then vetted and approved by a selection committee. Nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship as students and since graduation.
Gold Star Alumni
MHS has a long-standing tradition of honoring its Gold Star alumni every year on Memorial Day. This special group of individuals paid the ultimate sacrifice. They gave their lives while serving our country as members of the armed forces.
Alumni Achievement Awards
Milton Hershey School recognizes outstanding graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards. The annual awards honor graduates for their academic, career, and community service accomplishments.
Between exhibits at the new Founders Hall Visitors Center, MHS showcases fun facts about its campus, Spartan alumni, Hershey entity partners, and Hershey, Pa. through freestanding graphic panels. Learn more about the MHS story below.
A Home and Community
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