In just a few weeks, the Milton Hershey School will launch a series of events to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Well before his death, Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine decided to create a boarding school that would educate orphan boys. On November 15, 1909, the childless couple signed the Deed of Trust creating the Hershey Industrial School.
In 1915, Catherine Hershey died; three years after that, Milton Hershey made the decision to leave his entire estate to the school. The school was renamed the Milton Hershey School shortly after Mr. Hershey's passing, nearly three decades later. The Hershey Trust Company bears the responsibility of administering the trust for the school; the trust's assets are estimated to exceed $6 billion.
Today, the Milton Hershey School is thriving, educating and caring for more than 1,700 boys and girls from Pre-K through Grade 12, all of whom reside on campus. Alumni are fiercely loyal to the school and to Mr. Hershey's legacy.