Milton Hershey School Athletics
All Champions Start Somewhere
Milton Hershey School student-athletes know what it means to be a Spartan. Whether they participate in competitive or intramural athletics, our students display school pride. They show respect for the Spartan mascot by competing with courage, resilience, loyalty, and determination.
Students learn that academics and sports are intertwined, and their teachers, houseparents, and coaches work together to help them balance priorities. MHS coaches do promote the mindset that students are students first and athletes second.
MHS Spartan athletes are provided with all the tools to succeed. They have access to highly trained coaches and staff. They practice and compete at world-class facilities. And, their health and wellness benefits from these offerings.
Strength of Character
Through our athletics program, students learn so much more than just how to play a certain sport. Sports participation helps MHS students collaborate with their peers and work toward a common goal. Through this, they build strong character and leadership skills. Learning about defeat is a valuable lesson, as well.
Meet Our Student-Athletes
The commitment of MHS athletes, coaches, and alumni, is what sets our athletics program apart. Spartans have their own personal experiences and passions, on and off the field, that shape them to become their greatest selves.
MHS offers varsity and JV teams for 17 sports. More than 600 students participate annually. Our program has produced many championship seasons ending with state and district titles.
Spartan teams compete in the Mid-Penn Capital Conference. We match up against public and private schools in several sports.
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Boys’ Soccer
- Girls’ Soccer
- Girls’ Volleyball
- Boys’ Basketball
- Girls’ Basketball
- Ice Hockey
- Indoor Track
- Track & Field
MHS Athletic Facilities
MHS sports facilities are second-to-none. Students are able to take advantage of:
- 7,000-seat football stadium
- Outdoor all-weather track
- Eight lighted tennis courts
- Two indoor swimming pools
- Ice skating rink
- Field hockey and soccer fields
- Baseball/softball diamonds
- Three gymnasiums
- Spartan Center sports complex that includes basketball courts, strength training, aerobic rooms, and an indoor track
Scoring High Honors
MHS athletic coaches plan and assist with all aspects of the program, creating skill enrichment and opportunities for growth. The Mid-Penn Conference has recognized several MHS coaches as Coach of the Year in their designated sports.
2023 Boys’ Basketball: Mark Zerbe
2023 Wrestling: Jimmy Taylor
2022 Girls’ Volleyball: Jen Shirk
2022 Boys’ Soccer: Chris Spinogatti
Centered Around One Mission
From the commitment of Hershey Bears’ ice hockey players to the annual Cocoa Bean Game between the Spartans and Trojans, the athletic community in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is centered around helping student-athletes succeed.
Explore the Spartan Gym
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MHS often highlights home athletic events throughout the year with free livestreams through NFHS Network online. By viewing a live broadcast, you can continue to cheer on the Spartans from anywhere in the world with internet or cellular service. You will need to create an account to watch games. It is free.
Please note, not all games include live commentary, and playoff games are sometimes livestreamed through a different system. Visit NFHS Network and click “Sign in to Watch.” Enter your email address and password, and click “Log In.”
Intramural and Recreational Sports
Children participate in intramural team sports in the Elementary and Middle Divisions. Sports offered include:
- Field Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
- Track & Field
The ultimate goal of the program is to give students a positive, constructive, and safe environment to have fun. We seek to help them develop student leadership and sportsmanship.