In 1992 the first inductees entered the Hancock Hall of Fame. For a period of eight years, selections were not made. Inductions continued in 1997. In January, 2005, the Hall of Fame inductions began as an annual event. In the beginning, the ceremony was merely a half-time tribute at a basketball game. The inductions have grown to a point that they no longer need another activity to draw people to celebrate our great athletes. A standing Hall of Fame Selection Committee now exists who will have the responsibility each year to consider and select new inductees.
CRITERIA USED BY THE COMMITTEE
- Awards and Honors received by an individual or team are considered. Examples: All-conference, All-District, All-Metro and All-State
- Ranking by individuals in sports offered at Hancock High School. Example: individual records.
- Awards received while at Hancock High School. Examples: Audrey Kissel-Lafser Female Athlete or Don Zimmerman Male Athlete of the Year, or Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
- An athlete’s lasting influence and impact on his or her sport, playing important roles on successful Hancock teams.
- A teacher/coach who nurtured student growth and success impacting positively on their lives and the Hancock Athletic Program forever.
- A person or persons within the community that has contributed and illustrated a vested interest in the Hancock Athletic Program by giving of themselves and assuring it’s enduring success.
- To be considered for the Hall of Fame, a person must be out of school for at least five years.
- Athletic accomplishments after high school will be considered. Examples: College, military, professional, AAU, Senior Olympic, etc.
- The number of individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame each year will be determined by the Selection Committee.
- The Hall of Fame Selection Committee is made up of five people who are Members of the Hall of Fame. The District Athletic Director will attend all meetings, but will not vote. The Committee will replace members as needed.
The Hancock Hall of Fame will be used to safeguard individual and team accomplishments that have been so important to the long history and heritage of our beloved school and community. “Heritage” may be defined as being property that is or can be inherited or conditions of the culture that is allocated or handed down to one, as by ancestors. The qualities that we want to preserve in our school culture are best reinforced and passed on to the next generation by utilizing special events as we are tonight, and establishing a special secure place to preserve its story. The new Hancock High School will provide such a place. The Hancock Hall of Fame will be located in the entry way of the new high school. It will provide a daily reminder to our students of those who came before and achieved, and the proud legacy they have left for them. New dreams and future achievements of our students will keep the Hall of Fame a strong part of the school culture.