Dauphin Disco Dougherty was born on March 11, 1869 to Daniel Baker Dougherty and Ellen Caroline Bartlett Dougherty. He founded Watauga Academy (1899-1903) with his brother, Blanford Barnard Dougherty. He served as business manager and treasurer of the Appalachian Training School (1903-1925) and Appalachian State Normal School (1925-1929), as well as serving on the Watauga County School Board of Education from 1925-1929. He obtained an A.B. from Wake Forest and also taught science at Appalachian Training School, including physiology, physics, zoology, astronomy, and algebra. He married Ida Lillie Bell Shull (1874-1945) in 1896 and was father to Clara Bartlett (1898-1971), Annie Lewis (1903-2001), Daniel Disco (1906-1908), David Barnard (1909-1965), and Edwin Shull (1913-1973). He died on June 10, 1929.