Herman Boone, football coach played by Denzel Washington in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dead at 84

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Herman Boone, football coach portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 84

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Herman Boone, the legendary Virginia high school football coach who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans,” has died. He was 84.

The news was also confirmed by former T.C. Williams Principal John Porter to WTOP.

Boone was one of the coaches for the 1971 state championship team at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

Boone led the Titans to a 13-0 record in 1971, blending players from two area schools into a championship team, Sports Illustrated reported. The team was immortalized in the September 2000 Disney movie, which grossed more than $136 million worldwide.

According to Alexandria City Public Schools, Boone "took the position at T.C. Williams when he was told that the town of Williamston in North Carolina was not ready for a black head coach," WJLA reported.

Bill Yoast, a notable coach at the all-white Francis C. Hammond High School, was the defensive coach for the team, the television station reported. Yoast died May 23 at the age of 94. Will Patton played Yoast in "Remember the Titans."

Boone and Yoast "put aside personal pride and pulled together to solidify a diverse coaching staff and team into the most successful team in the state in 1971,” the school system said.

A star fullback from the 1971 team, Petey Jones, died this summer, WTOP reported.

Boone remained with T.C. Williams until 1979 when he was fired, The Washington Post reported.

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