Herman Boone, the famous high school football coached portrayed by Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans, has died at the age of 84.

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“It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of former Head Football Coach Herman Boone who lead [sic] the Titans to the State Championship in 1971,” the school’s boosters shared.

Boone teamed up with Bill Yoast at T.C. Williams High School to coach an integrated high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia. The team went 13-0, won the state championship, and became a symbol for the way sports could help schools overcome segregation. 


Boone was fired from his job as the school’s head football coach in 1979 over player abuse allegations. His teams won four more district and two more regional titles after the 1971 season.