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.