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Founders Hall


East Governor Road & Meadow Lane
Hershey, PA 17033
United States

About Founders Hall

Founders Hall is a stately monument to Milton and Catherine Hershey and all of the individuals involved in helping them to realize their dream of building a better life for children in need. Visitors to Founders Hall are left with a lasting impression of the Hersheys’ philanthropy and how their generosity gave hope to so many.

The building was built over a three-year period in the late 1960s and opened on September 13, 1970, as a tribute to the school’s founders, Milton S. and Catherine Hershey. Founders Hall is one of the most unique and magnificent pieces of architecture in central Pennsylvania. It is the school’s most recognizable building.

Founders Hall contains offices for the administrators and business functions of the school, as well as a Visitors Center. The building also contains a 2,700-seat auditorium where students attend weekly chapel services, assemblies, and commencement ceremonies. The cafeteria in Founders Hall provides quality food service for high school students as well as staff.

Visitors Center at Founders Hall

The Visitors Center is located in the Rotunda of Founders Hall, located near the intersection of Meadow Lane and East Governor Road (Route 322).

It is closed to visitors due to renovations and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our virtual experience will open November 2020.

Founders Hall will not be open for in-person visits until otherwise noted.

Learn More About Founders Hall RenovationsVisit the Virtual Founders Hall Visitors Center

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