Milton Hershey School Announces Name for New Middle Division Campus
Milton Hershey School announced the name of its Middle Division campus located in South Hanover Township. The “Legacy Campus” honors and celebrates the individuals and places that played a significant role in the lives of Milton and Catherine Hershey and the development of the school.
Thirty-two new student homes are currently being built on Legacy Campus. In these homes, students are given a quality home life in a safe and nurturing environment. The expansion is part of President Gurt’s 2020 Vision strategic goal to grow enrollment to 2,300 students in order to provide a life full of possibilities to more students.
The name of each student home will be historically significant. An advisory committee is considering notable alumni and historical MHS leaders and places. Students also have provided input and the names of the 32 new student homes will be unveiled when construction is complete.
“There was a unique opportunity to thank the individuals who put our mission into practice to change the lives of thousands of young people for the better through the Legacy Campus name,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “This name and others that will be introduced in the future will serve as reminders of the places that led to Milton Hershey’s accomplishments and the people who worked diligently to further the Hersheys’ vision and uphold their legacy.”
In addition, the recreation center on Legacy Campus, formerly Venice North Recreation Center, will be renamed “Arthur R. Whiteman Center” in honor of the alumnus. Whiteman, a member of the Class of 1927, was personally selected by Milton Hershey to work as an apprentice clerk in the Hershey Trust Company while still a student. In 1939, he became the first alumnus to serve on the Board of Managers and, in 1954, he was awarded the first Alumnus of the Year award.
Founded in 1909 by Milton and Catherine Hershey, Milton Hershey School began with four students who lived and attended class in the Homestead, the rural birthplace of Milton Hershey. Today, the school helps more than 2,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade from families of low income realize their full potential by offering a top-notch education, state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, and hundreds of extracurricular activities.