Remember the Titans Coach at Washington College
Herman Boone, former head football coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., and the inspiration behind the 2000 blockbuster movie Remember the Titans, came to Washington College in April 2011. His lecture, “Remember the Titans: A Lesson in Multiculturalism,” provided the real-life story of his integrated T.C. Williams team and its efforts to overcome prejudice and racial tension to become champions.
Herman Boone began his career as a teacher and coach in 1958, leading football teams in Blackstone, Va., and Williamstown, N.C., to championship seasons. In 1971, after school officials in Alexandria merged three segregated high schools into one integrated one named T.C. Williams, they invited Boone to be head coach of their new football team. Boone’s approach to coaching not only produced a winning football team, but also tackled new challenges of integration, building positive race relations within the student body and the community.
2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the Titans’ Virginia AAA State Championship game victory. Now retired from coaching, Boone frequently shares his story nationwide as a public speaker. His appearance at Washington College was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Athletics, Student Development Programs, and Student Activities.