About the Community
Located fifteen miles east of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, the Township of Derry encompasses over twenty-seven square miles. With a population of over 20,200, the area thrives with local business, convention, and recreation centers and is an ideal community for all.
The township is home to the country’s leading chocolate manufacturer, Hershey Foods Corporation (www.hersheys.com). Besides its famous Hershey Bar, the corporation makes Hershey Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and many more of the world’s favorite treats.
The close proximity of the Penn State-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (www.hmc.psu.edu), one of the nation’s most progressive and advanced medical facilities, allows for a reciprocal relationship between the District and the medical professionals and research experts. Physicians and specialists often visit classrooms to share their expertise while District students can volunteer or serve as interns at the medical center.
Hershey, PA is also home to HERSHEYPARK (http://www.hersheypa.com), a world-class theme park and its sister park, Zoo America, an 11-acre walk-through zoo. Additionally, the GIANT CENTER, home to the Hershey Bears AHL Hockey Club; HERSHEYPARK Arena; and HERSHEYPARK Stadium host many concerts, shows, and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association competitions yearly.
Hershey Museum (www.hersheymuseum.org) transfers students back to the early days of the town. There, students have the opportunity to examine original machinery, early Hershey products, and antiques owned by Milton S. Hershey.
The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society (www.HersheyHistory.org) is a non-profit, volunteer organization which seeks to preserve local history through conservation and display of artifacts in the museum and organization of written records, books and documents in the research library. The society is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM until 1 PM (except on holidays). Students, as individuals or groups, are welcome to use the facilities to research the history of the township and gain a new prospective on life in an earlier time.
The magnificent Hershey Theatre (www.hersheytheatre.com), one of the area's premier performing arts centers, provides a showcase for world-renowned entertainers, touring Broadway shows, and classical music and dance ensembles.
Finally, student musicians have the opportunity to take part in one of the largest community-based, volunteer orchestras in the nation, the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Each year, this orchestra enriches the Hershey community with concerts and events.