Cocoa Bean Football Game

Souvenir program from the first Cocoa Bean Football Game, 11/20/1943
Souvenir program from the first Cocoa Bean Football Game, 11/20/1943

The Cocoa Bean Game began in 1943 as a community service project of the Rotary Club of Hershey and the Hershey Civic Club. The local football teams of Hershey High School and the Hershey Industrial School [now known as the Milton Hershey School] wanted to play each other.  Ralph Hoar, then head of athletics for the Hershey Industrial School, is generally credited with the original idea for the game. 

The administrators of both schools agreed that the game proceeds would benefit the Derry Township Service Men’s Gift Committee.   When the Hershey Rotary Club learned that the American Legion was sponsoring the Roll of Honor being erected in front of the Community Center, they decided to use part of their funds to help pay for the cost.  The rest of the funds were earmarked for the support of Memorial Field.

The first game between Milton Hershey School and Hershey High School took place on November 20, 1943.  The Trojans won the game 14-7 and with it they were awarded the Cocoa Bean Trophy, presented by the MHS Alumni Association.  This trophy is traditionally awarded to each year's victor.   In 1955, the game was moved from the last game on the teams’ respective schedules to the first game.

Since the beginning, the proceeds of the game have been designated for the support of the Memorial Field. This fund is used for the maintenance and improvement of the facilities at Memorial Field.  These facilities, available to all residents of the Derry Township School District, include five tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, baseball field, softball fields, a football field, a track, two service buildings, picnic pavilion and shuffleboard courts.

Over the years the Memorial Field Fund has supported a number of major improvements including resurfacing the basketball and tennis courts, construction of a field house adjacent to the picnic pavilion, re-roofing the pavillion, the construction of an exercise trail and the purchase of new picnic tables.

Cocoa Bean Game Statistics

Milton Hershey School Hershey High School

1943      MHS 7      HHS 14
1944      MHS 7      HHS 0
1945      MHS 32    HHS 12
1946      MHS 7      HHS 20
1947      MHS 39    HHS 2
1948      MHS 15    HHS 0
1949      MHS 46    HHS 7
1950      MHS 28    HHS 14
1951      MHS 32    HHS 20
1952      MHS 0      HHS 0
1953      MHS 6      HHS 6
1954      MHS 0      HHS 0
1955      MHS 18    HHS 6
1956      MHS 32    HHS 0
1957      MHS 14    HHS 6
1958      MHS 0      HHS 16
1959      MHS 6      HHS 27
1960      MHS 25    HHS 0
1961      MHS 35    HHS 0
1962      MHS 25    HHS 7
1963      MHS 7      HHS 8
1964      MHS 19    HHS 6
1965      MHS 27    HHS 12
1966      MHS 2      HHS 27
1967      MHS 0      HHS 26
1968      MHS 6      HHS 20
1969      MHS 0      HHS 8
1970      MHS 7      HHS 6
1971      MHS 24    HHS 0
1972      MHS 6      HHS 0
1973      MHS 7      HHS 1
1974      MHS 0      HHS 29
1975      MHS 14    HHS 0
1976      MHS 28    HHS 11
1977      MHS 18    HHS 8
1978      MHS 7      HHS14
1979      MHS 7      HHS 26
1980      MHS 12    HHS 0
1981      MHS 21    HHS 6
1982      MHS 6      HHS 33
1983      MHS 6      HHS 0
1984      MHS 20    HHS 28
1985      MHS 6      HHS 38
1986      MHS 13    HHS 9
1987      MHS 14    HHS 0
1988      MHS 14    HHS 6
1989      MHS 15    HHS 14
1990      MHS 0      HHS 14
1991      MHS 0      HHS 33
1992      MHS 18    HHS 14
1993      MHS12     HHS 21
1994      MHS 14    HHS 7
1995      MHS 0      HHS 21
1996      MHS 0      HHS 14
1997      MHS 47    HHS 29
1998      MHS 6      HHS 11
1999      MHS12     HHS 14
2000      MHS12     HHS 19
2001      MHS 14    HHS 27
2002      MHS 12    HHS 13
2003      MHS 6      HHS 38
2004      MHS 14    HHS 20
2005      MHS  24   HHS 14
2006      MHS  14   HHS 17
2007      MHS  20   HHS 34
2008      MHS  6     HHS  27
2009      MHS  21   HHS  28
2010      MHS  6     HHS   21
2011      MSH  18   HHS  28
2012      MHS  7     HHS  14

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