Facilities Overview

fac-deardenThe Dearden House

(former student home Glendale) is home to the Alumni Relations & Programs Office and features displays showcasing student home life in the mid to late 1950’s. Displays include videos featuring alumni memories and historical photos and video clips. A replica of Mr. Dearden’s office serves as a tribute to him and includes personal items donated by the Dearden family. The Dearden House is open for tours Tuesday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

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fac-gardenThe Friendship Garden

completed in September 2005, pays tribute to all MHS graduates and features the names of all alumni engraved on granite walls along a brick pathway. The pathway is made from bricks that have been engraved with names of alumni, houseparents, teachers, and other MHS family members. There also is an area dedicated to honor the memory of students who passed away while at the School.   Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial brick should complete the Memorial Brick Form.  Newly engraved bricks are installed in May and August.

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fac-purcellThe Purcell Friendship Hall

(formerly the barn), dedicated in September of 2006, was created as a place where members of the School family can hold special events and celebrations and was named in honor of MHS alumni brothers, Richard ’61 and Milton ’64 Purcell.  The Purcell Friendship Hall is used almost daily during the week by MHS for staff training, student events and alumni meetings.  Alumni, employees and retirees and members of their immediate family are able to use the facility for private events such as weddings, birthday parties and holiday parties.  If you qualify to rent the facility, complete the following rental request form for more information.

Reservation Form

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fac-southSouthfield Alumni Center

The Southfield Alumni Center provides transitional housing for recent graduates including summer housing for young alumni working on campus.

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fac-learningPurcell Interactive Learning Center

The Purcell Interactive Learning Center focuses on the rich agricultural history of the Milton Hershey School and features several display areas.  These areas include several cow replicas, farm memorabilia and several learning areas that include weights and measures and the life cycle of a cow.  There are also computer kiosks where visitors can hear alumni share their memories of life on the farm and see old school videos and photos.

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