Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the iconic movie “Remember the Titans,” has died. He was 84.
Boone took over as head coach of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971 — the first year the city’s high schools were integrated and consolidated. Led by Boone, who was black, and assistant coach Bill Yoast, who was white, the Titans football team overcame racial tension to go undefeated and win the state championship.
Former T.C. Williams principal John Porter informed the school Wednesday of Boone’s death and the school’s football boosters club announced it on Twitter.
It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of former Head Football Coach Herman Boone who lead the Titans to the State Championship in 1971🏈. #RIP@TCWilliamsAD @TCWSports @AlexandriaPatch @AlexandriaNow @AlexGazette pic.twitter.com/4I0DFAAWSF
— T.C. Williams H.S. Football Boosters (@TCTitanFootball) December 18, 2019
Boone’s death comes six months after Yoast died in May at the age of 94.
SOURCE: USA Today, Steve Gardner