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Herman Boone, Iconic Coach Portrayed in 'Remember the Titans', Dies at 84

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2019

Alexandria, Va's., T.C. Williams High School football coach Herman Boone, right, during a break at summer camp, in 1971, with guard Johnny Colantuoni, (62) and John Vaughn, center. The famous 1971 team will be memorialized by Denzel Washington and Disney films in
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Herman Boone, the high school football coach who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie Remember the Titans, has died at the age of 84. 

According to WTOP's Luke Lukert, Boone's death was confirmed by John Porter, who is the former principal of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria City Public Schools @ACPSk12

We are truly saddened to hear of the death of Coach Herman Boone today. ACPS & the @TCWTitans community will never forget his contribution to bringing our city together post-segregation. We encourage you to share your stories and memories of him with us. #RememberTheTitans https://t.co/JZcsVVv0TT

The T.C. Williams football boosters tweeted photos of Boone in his memory:

T.C. Williams H.S. Football Boosters @TCTitanFootball

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 https://t.co/4I0DFAAWSF

Boone is best known for leading T.C. Williams to an undefeated record and Virginia state football title in 1971 after Alexandria's high schools were consolidated and integrated, per Lukert.

Despite his success, Boone was fired from his position at T.C. Williams in 1979 amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse from some players and coaches.

Still, his debut season as the head coach at T.C. Williams is remembered fondly and was immortalized in the 2000 film in which he was portrayed by Denzel Washington.

Last year, USA Today rated the film as the 11th-best football movie of all time.

Per Lukert, multiple people involved with the 1971 T.C. Williams football team have died this year, including assistant coach Bill Yoast and player Petey Jones.