Milton Hershey School to Expand Campus with 32 New Student Homes

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The Legacy Campus will provide 300 new students a home at MHS

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“This historic growth is a milestone for the school as we grow to serve more children from lower income families,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85.

On Monday, Oct. 24, Milton Hershey School® will officially begin construction on 32 new students homes. The expansion is part of President Gurt’s 2020 Vision goal to grow enrollment to 2,300 students in order to provide a life full of possibilities to more students.

“This historic growth is a milestone for the school as we grow to serve more children from lower income families,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “As a proud alumnus, I am grateful to lead the school and to continue to honor the mission that Milton and Catherine Hershey generously created to improve the lives of thousands of children.”

The new student homes will be built adjacent to the 32 existing homes on the School’s newly named “Legacy Campus” in South Hanover Township. The name of each student home, which will house middle school students, will be historically significant. The Legacy Campus will honor and celebrate the individuals and places that played a significant role in the lives of Milton and Catherine Hershey and the development of the school.

In September, Milton Hershey School welcomed more than 90 new students to campus during its most recent Enrollment Day. Their arrival marks a new peak enrollment of 2,018 students for the 2016-17 school year.

This growth also will allow the school to hire more teachers, houseparents and additional support staff. These family-sustaining jobs will add direct tax revenues to municipal government and contribute to the overall local economy.

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 lower income realize their full potential by offering a top-notch education, state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, and hundreds of extracurricular activities.

Learn more about the 2020 Vision and the growth of Milton Hershey School at mhskids.org.

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Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering a top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of lower income at no charge.

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