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History

Maintenance work around the original LMS campus.Clearing brush away in 1942 to transform the abandoned Yeates School into Lancaster Mennonite School

The five campuses of Lancaster Mennonite School have a rich history. All were founded in response to a call to give parents an alternative to public schools where students could be taught in a Christ-centered environment. This movement led to the founding of Locust Grove Mennonite School in 1939 and New Danville Mennonite School in 1940. The Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church took a bit more time to meet a bigger challenge: the development of a Christian high school on the site of the former Yeates School in 1942. To better serve families in northwest Lancaster County, Lancaster Mennonite School then helped to start Kraybill Mennonite School in 1949. Years later, a parent association founded Hershey Christian School in 1995 to offer K-12 Christian education in southern Dauphin County and surrounding communities.

Whereas each of the Mennonite schools initially served mainly Mennonite students, persons from many denominations increasingly became part of the student body. Each campus eventually served a diversity of Christian families who appreciated an excellent education in a Christ-centered atmosphere that emphasized personal faith and discipleship.

Passing on the FaithThe Tract Club gathers to float bottles stuffed with Gospel tracts down the Mill Creek

Although each school was founded independently to meet the challenges of the 20th century, the challenges of the 21st century brought them all together to be one comprehensive PreK-12 school with five campuses. Sharing a common mission and values, the schools decided to work together as a system for the common good. New Danville merged with Lancaster in 2001, followed by Locust Grove in 2003 and Kraybill in 2006. On February 26, 2015, Hershey Christian School became Lancaster Mennonite School's fifth campus.

Altogether, the five campuses offer a carefully-planned PreK-12 educational program to prepare students for the tests of today and tomorrow.

  • Pam Tieszen

    Superintendent (717) 509-4459, ext. 301
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