Doris Hancock was born on April 24, 1895, in Belfast, Washington. Her early schooling was in Clarion, Iowa where her father was in the mercantile business. Following high school graduation and passing the State Teachers’ Examination, she taught two years in a one-room schoolhouse in Belmont, Iowa. Teaching all eight grades was an exciting challenge, but she felt a calling to specialize in the primary grades. Doris happily began her long career as a kindergarten teacher in Hastings, Nebraska before being lured to Las Vegas where she continued to have a rewarding teaching experience for thirty-nine years.
Doris Hancock was honored by having a school named after her, the Doris Hancock Elementary School at Lindell and Oakey Boulevards, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was further honored when then Governor of Nevada, Richard H. Bryan, declared the 24th of April, 1985 Doris V. Hancock Day. Doris Hancock passed away, she was 91.