‘Remember the Titans’ Coach Boone dies at 84

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Herman Boone, the Virginia high school football coach who inspired the 2000 film “Remember the Titans,” has died. He was 84.

Boone, portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie, guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation.

Aly Khan Johnson, an assistant coach for Boone beginning in 1972, said the coach died Wednesday at his home In Alexandria, Virginia. Johnson said a funeral home operated by his wife is handling the arrangements, which are not complete. He said Boone had been battling cancer. Johnson said he had visited the coach regularly and had planned to see him Wednesday when he learned of his death.

The North Carolina-born Boone led undefeated T.C. Williams High School to the state championship in 1971. His team was recognized as a galvanizing factor in helping bring the city through school consolidation.

“He touched many lives and hearts across the world. He was inspirational for so many people, including me as one of his former students,” Alexandria City superintendent of schools Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. told WUSA9. “Alexandria City Public Schools was fortunate to have him as an icon at such a critical time in our history. He will be dearly missed.”

Boone earned two degrees from North Carolina Central University and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Last March, the new basketball media room was named in his honor.

Much of “Remember the Titans” covers T.C. Williams’ uphill battle to win the state championship over 15 all-white teams. They had to overcome vindictive opponents, racist coaches and crooked referees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Read Full Article