October 04, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Herman Boone, former coach of the Titans football team, will give a talk Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee, is free and open to the public as seating permits. Members of the Bucknell community will be given priority seating; any remaining seats will be available to the general public beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Overcoming the odds
In 1971, three schools, all former football rivals in Alexandria, Va., were integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School. Boone was named head football coach, a move that angered the supporters of Bill Yoast, the successful head coach of the former white Hammond High School team.

Boone and Yoast worked together to unify not only their football team but to help their small Virginia community join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia with a 13-0 record and a state championship.

Boone's story is portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington in the film, "Remember the Titans."

A 1958 graduate of North Carolina Central University, Boone taught at the Luther H. Foster High School in Blackstone, Va., where he coached football, basketball and baseball. His teams achieved 26 wins, six losses and three district championships.

In 1961, he returned to North Carolina to teach at E.J. Hayes High School, where his football teams amassed a record of 99 wins and 8 losses in a nine year period. His 1966 football team was recognized by Scholastic Coach's magazine as the number one football team in America.

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