Herman Boone, Football Coach Who Inspired 'Remember the Titans' Movie, Dead at 84
The man who inspired the "Remember the Titans" movie coach, Herman Boone, has died at age 84.
Herman Boone, the iconic high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the hit movie "Remember the Titans" has died at the age of 84.
He took over being the head coach of the T.C. Williams High School football team in Alexandria, Virginia, back in 1971, the same year the city's high schools were integrated and consolidated.
OVERCOMING RACIAL TENSIONS IN THE '70S
At a time where racial tensions were high, Boone stood his ground and did his job in the best way he can.
Led by Boone, a black coach, and his assistant coach Bill Yoast, who was white, the Titans football team broke stereotypes and overcame racial tension to go undefeated and ultimately win the state championship.
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 pic.twitter.com/JZcsVVv0TT— Alexandria City Public Schools (@ACPSk12) December 18, 2019
ANNOUNCING BOONE'S DEATH
It was T.C. Williams Principal John Porter who announced the news to his school of Boone's death, and the Football team's Twitter account announced it on Twitter for the rest of the world to know.
"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 #RIP"
Herman Boone, legendary coach of @TCTitanFootball (Remember the Titans), has passed away at 84. Rest In Peace Bro. Boone 🙏🏾. #CoachBoone #omegapsiphi #RememberTheTitans 📸: USA Today pic.twitter.com/fAYg9eCgfA— Omega Psi Phi (@OfficialOPPF) December 18, 2019
ONE OF HIS SPECIAL ATHLETES
At a time where racial tensions were high, Boone stood his ground and did his job in the best way he can. With him on that fight was one of his students, Julius Campbell.
Earlier this year, Julius Campbell, passed away at age 65 due to multiple organ failure.
Julius Campbell was a former football star who like Boone, was portrayed in the 2000 hit film "Remember the Titans" by actor Wood Harris. He attended the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria before graduating in 1973.
Herman Boone, the Virginia high school football coach who inspired the movie “Remember the Titans,” has died. He was 84. https://t.co/sAdQAXoET6— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 18, 2019
LEADING THE TEAM
When Boone was still alive, he recounted Julius' important role on the team, as he led efforts to help the team overcome racial tensions around them.
"Julius was very, very instrumental on that team at simply getting kids to just talk to one another, kids who never talked to kids from another race their entire lives. By doing so, they learned many things about each other that were not passed down to them and for that, the world owes Julius a debt of gratitude.”
Rest In Peace, Julius, and Herman.