Educating Young People for over 35 Years!
On February 22, 1983, a joint meeting of the Ephrata and Gehmans school boards was held to discuss the growing interest among potential patrons in northern Lancaster County for a Mennonite high school in the area. Later, there were meetings which included the ministers of related churches in the area. A survey was taken during the summer of 1983. The results indicated strong support for a high school in the area.
In June 1984, a study committee was appointed to further evaluate possibilities. September 29, 1984, the Union Grove School on the outskirts of Terre Hill was offered for sale at public auction. The school was purchased by a group of interested people. Later that year a school board was formed. Plans were made to begin school in the fall of 1985 with grades nine through eleven and twelfth to be added in 1986.
September 3, 1985, Terre Hill Mennonite High School opened its doors to thirty-one students. The years that followed brought an upward trend in enrollment and expansion of curriculum.
The facilities, built in 1960, are located on approximately eight acres of land. They included six classrooms, offices, a library, health room, home economics room, industrial arts room, and assembly room. A new all-purpose room was added in 1987 and other building renovations were done.
In the summer of 1989, new classrooms were added and an addition was made to the science room in the summer of 1990.
During the 1996-97 school year, a new industrial arts building was added to the school.
In the summer of 2004, a new front entrance was built and outside walkways were enclosed into hallways. New restrooms were added next to the gym. The home economics room was relocated and upgraded, and a new classroom and administrative office were added.
In the spring of 2019, the school board closed in the area between the shop and science room. This became the location of the chapel. There was significant internal remodeling that went with this project. It included moving the lunch room, library, hallway, and adding new restrooms.
The blessing of the Lord has been evident throughout the growth process at THMH. We continue to depend on the Lord for His direction and the faithful support of our churches and community.
The first Board of Trustees of THMH in 1985: (left to right) Leon Z. Martin, Glenn Hoover, Carl Weaver, Amos Hursh, C. Irvin Weaver, Sr., Henry Zimmerman. Absent from the picture was Marvin Weaver.