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Milton Hershey School Athletics

A Tradition of Excellence

Milton Hershey School has a long tradition of developing student athletes who succeed both in the classroom and on the field, court, or pool. To do this, student athletes learn to manage their time within our top-notch athletics program.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Competitive Athletics 

MHS offers varsity and JV teams for 15 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.

Milton Hershey School athletics programming


  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Boys’ Soccer
  • Girls’ Soccer
  • Girls’ Volleyball
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  • Boys’ Basketball
  • Girls’ Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming/Diving
  • Cheerleading
  • Wrestling
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  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • 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

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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.

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Explore the Spartan Gym

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Livestream Coverage

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.”

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Intramural and Recreational Sports

Children participate in intramural team sports in the Elementary and Middle Divisions. Sports offered include:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • 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.

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Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.