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My MHS BlogCategory: Historical: From the Vault

The History of Swimming at MHS

When Milton and Catherine Hershey founded the school and created the Deed of Trust, exercise and activity were crucial parts of the community they envisioned. The Deed of Trust specified...

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Basketball: The Earliest Team Sport in MHS History

Exercise and recreation have been important parts of Milton Hershey School since it was founded in 1909. Milton Hershey expressed this priority in a Success Magazine interview when he said,...

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5 Christmas Memories from Milton Hershey School Alumni

In the early days at Hershey Industrial School—now known as Milton Hershey School—Christmas was a magical time. Students celebrated with programs featuring songs, speeches, and visits from Santa Claus. During...

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Milton Hershey’s History with The New York Times

After completing his first sugar refinery and railway in Cuba in 1918, Milton Hershey needed to restructure the capital stock of the Hershey Chocolate Company in order to expand his...

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How the Hersheys Developed Both a School and a Home

“I wanted to get away from the idea of institutions and charity and compulsion, and to give as many boys as possible real homes, real comforts, education, and training, so...

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Catherine’s Passion for Philanthropy

After their marriage on May 25, 1898, Milton and Catherine Hershey settled into married life in Lancaster and became leading citizens. They both participated in a variety of social clubs...

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The History of Hershey’s Cocoa Bean Football Game

Prior to 1943, Hershey Industrial School (now Milton Hershey School) and Hershey High School never had the opportunity to compete in football. To give the boys some friendly competition, the...

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Milton Hershey’s Birthday: A Timeline of Celebrations

Over the years, Milton Hershey celebrated his birthdays with Hershey Industrial School students, Hershey employees, and local community members. From large gatherings full of music and entertainment to intimate dinners...

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The History of MHS Football and Spartan Pride

Before the Hershey Industrial School—now known as Milton Hershey School—Junior-Senior High School opened in 1934, many HIS students played on the Hershey High School football team. According to records at...

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Veronica “Fanny” Snavely Hershey: Milton’s Strongest Influence

“When my wife died—and we had no children—my old mother, who had been my abiding guide, said: ‘Milton, don’t let your millions spoil you,’ and right then I decided not...

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