Former high school football coaches Herman Boone (center) and Bill Yoast (left) with former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts Jr. (right) in 2000. (Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former high school football coach Herman Boone, who was the inspiration behind the movie "Remember the Titans," died on Wednesday. He was 84.
Boone coached the football team at T.C. Williams High School, in Alexandria, Va., during the early days of desegregation, leading the Titans to the state championships in 1971.
ESPN reports that the Titans were undefeated when they went to the state championships that year.
Actor Denzel Washington portrayed Boone in the 2000 movie, that depicts the team during 1971 when Boone was first hired as the coach.
In a tweet, the Alexandria City Public Schools said their "community will never forget his contribution to bringing our city together post-segregation."