Milton Hershey School

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40°16′11″N 76°37′35″W / 40.269853°N 76.626317°W / 40.269853; -76.626317Coordinates: 40°16′11″N 76°37′35″W / 40.269853°N 76.626317°W / 40.269853; -76.626317

Middle Division: Deborah Brown
Senior Division: William Weber

The Milton Hershey School is a private philanthropic (pre-K through 12) boarding school in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Originally named the Hershey Industrial School, the institution was founded and funded by chocolate industrialist Milton Snavely Hershey and his wife, Catherine Sweeney Hershey. The school was originally established for impoverished, healthy, Caucasian, male orphans, while today it serves underprivileged students of various backgrounds. The Milton Hershey School Trust, which funds the school, owns controlling interest in The Hershey Company and owns the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company (HERCO) which oversees many of the area hotels along with a theme park called Hersheypark. With over six billion dollars in assets, the Milton Hershey School is one of the wealthiest schools in the world. The school is overseen by a Board of Managers.

The school currently serves 1,818 students[2], and plans to grow to 2,100 students by 2013.[citation needed] A member of CORE: Coalition for Residential Education, it is the largest residential education program in the US.


History of the school

“It was Kitty's idea,” Milton Hershey always said when he spoke of the Hershey Industrial School. “If we had helped a hundred children it would have all been worthwhile.”[3]

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