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Opening of School 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year

This year’s Opening of School Assembly kicked off a Breakthrough year at Milton Hershey School. The MHS community marked the 10th anniversary of the special celebration with speakers, musical performances, videos, and more.

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Rewatch the Livestream

Rewatch our 2023 Opening of School Assembly held on Monday, Aug. 14 at GIANT Center.

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Milton Hershey School President Pete Gurt '85 speaking at the 2023 Opening of School Assembly. The school year theme is Breakthrough.

The Key to Our Breakthrough

The key to our Breakthrough is found in all of us. Nowhere is this better represented than the Keyhole structure located on our main campus. At MHS, we believe education is the key to the future, and students can unlock their own potential.

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Breaking through Barriers

This year’s Opening of School Assembly featured student and staff voices from across campus. Rewatch the videos shared during the assembly and learn more about their Breakthrough stories.

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First Things First

Student homes are where the best habits are formed, and personal accountability is instilled. In this video, MHS Elementary Division Houseparents share how their homes have given students a strong foundation for success.

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Leading the Way Together

MHS students Damian Mattos, Kamso Ebiringa-Chika, and Nieyel Soto are breaking stereotypes and overcoming obstacles such as athletics, visual and performing arts, academics, homesickness, and more.

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A Vision for Success

MHS alumna Tatiana Ariola ’15 explains how authentic work experiences—both at MHS and the entities—helped launch her career in photography/videography. It was the relationships that she built that played a role in her success.

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Are You Good?

Following the loss of her husband, MHS parent/sponsor Tiffany Sandridge was determined to keep her children on the right path. Together, Tiffany and her sons wrote a book about using good character traits to achieve a Breakthrough.

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Milton Hershey School Breakthrough logo for Opening of School.

Everyone Can Achieve a Breakthrough

Whether it’s experiencing a pivotal success, finding new knowledge, overcoming adversity, or breaking through a barrier, Breakthrough moments define who we are. Download the MHS theme graphics to carry our Opening of School message with you all year. Options include:

  • Wallpapers for desktops, iPads, and mobile devices
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Milton Hershey School partners with Hershey entities to support our students' success.

One Community, One Mission

Milton S. Hershey was a man of intention. He created a town and a school with the power of community in mind. Today, our Hershey entity partners are committed to providing MHS students with exciting new opportunities. Our students can make groundbreaking discoveries and define their futures through these meaningful connections.

This year, our entity partners played a special role in the 10th Opening of School Assembly.

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Milton Hershey School founder, Milton S. Hershey, with a student.

Expanding Their Vision

When Milton and Catherine Hershey founded our school in 1909, they intended to give children with less more. For more than 113 years, we have done that. Through the 2020-2025 Our Future in Focus strategic plan, our work continues. This school year, our community will remain focused on achieving a breakthrough in the four pillar areas of this plan:

  • Modeling Character and Well-Being
  • Innovating Career-Focused Education
  • Leveraging Impact
  • Teamwork to Strengthen Community Alignment and Engagement

Learn More about the PlanDownload the Strategic Plan (PDF)

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning students play together.

A Breakthrough in Early Childhood Education

This fall, Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning will open its first Early Childhood Education Center in Hershey, Pa. This milestone will allow even more families to be impacted by the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Hershey.

Additional Resources

Milton Hershey School mascot, Sparty, dances after the 2022 Opening of School Assembly.

OSA through the Years

Milton Hershey School students participate in Graduate Programs for Success Division.

Explore the Experience

MHS graduate standing in front of Key Hole

Life after MHS

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.