Dearden Alumni Campus
Milton Hershey School alumni are always a Spartan. The Dearden Alumni Campus is a special piece of history that welcomes alumni of all ages back to campus. Take a trip back in time by touring the Dearden House, or re-connect with fellow alumni in the Purcell Friendship Garden.
Learn more about each building on the Dearden Alumni Campus and how to reserve Purcell Friendship Hall for your event.
Former student home Glendale has become Dearden House, the home of Alumni Relations. With historical displays showcasing student home life in the mid to late 1950s, and interesting photos and video clips, Dearden House is a tribute to William E. Dearden ’40—an alumnus widely regarded as a legacy to Milton S. Hershey and his work.
Dearden House features a replica of Mr. Dearden’s office, including personal items donated by the Dearden family. The Dearden House is open for tours Tuesday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Purcell Friendship Garden
Completed in September 2005, Purcell Friendship Garden honors all MHS graduates by featuring their names on engraved granite walls along a beautiful brick pathway. Many alumni enjoy walking through the garden and reflecting on the relationships they built at MHS.
MHS alumni can memorialize their class, loved ones, and friends by placing an engraved brick in the Friendship Garden. To purchase a brick, please email Alumni Relations.
Purcell Friendship Hall
Purcell Friendship Hall was created as a place for the MHS community to hold special events and celebrations. It was named in honor of MHS alumni brothers, Richard ’61 and Milton ’64 Purcell.
The building, which was formerly an MHS barn, is used for student events, alumni meetings, and staff training. Alumni, employees, and retirees also are able to reserve the facility for private events such as weddings, birthday parties, and holiday gatherings.
Learn more about reserving Purcell Friendship Hall for your event.
Alumni Memorial Grove
The Alumni Memorial Grove was built in September of 1995 and has been the site of many special events and festivities over the years. It is located at the intersection of Route 322 and Meadow Lane. Each year at Homecoming, the MHS Alumni Association uses the pavilion for its annual Memorial Grove Service to pay tribute to their deceased brothers and sisters. During the summer months, the pavilion has been used for Sunday Chapel Services, weddings, and photo shoots.
The use of the Memorial Grove pavilion is extended to Milton Hershey School alumni, employees, and retirees. To learn more about renting the pavilion, contact us at (717) 520-2203 or by email.
Milton Hershey School alumni share bonds that last a lifetime. If you want to learn more about our inspiring alumni network or want to find ways to get involved, browse the following Alumni Relations resources.