In 1964 I was in the 7th grade. At the end
of that school year kids from
Alexandria met at the Hammond High School. These kids were black,
Asian, etc. The grade levels were from 7th to 10th. Many elementary
were represented as well as George Washington High and Hammond
black high school, Parker Gray, had already been closed due to
This was the new student body of T.C. Williams High School which
was to open
the folowing year,1965. We were at this meeting to decide on such
school colors, nick name, and song.
When the school opened, our population was approximately 35% black
white. The first class to graduate was in the spring of 1967.
TC was a
beautiful new school and everyone felt a closeness in being the
students at this school. Of course, there was racial predjudice
time, but it was hard to notice it at TC Williams.
Our fellow Alexandria students who attended George Washington(
mentioned in the movie) and Hammond( which was predominantly white
time) seemed to be envious of our new building, and our ability
to excell in
academics and sports. Huge rivalries formed between the three
city supremacy in sports.
One memory i will always have , was the night Washington DC (
broke out into rioting and flames after Martin Luther King had
murdered. At TC that night the senior talent show went on. The
show was a
satire on Tv shows of the time. It began with actors coming out
on the apron of
the stage as a family ready to watch TV for the evening. The family
was made up
of both whites and blacks. The audience started laughing and never
that night. Washington and the world were a million miles away
from TC that
In the fall of 1969, Hammond High had a great football team that
Coach Yoast was their coach. Herman Boone was in his first year
at TC as our
assistant coach. TC prevailed in this game. Our record against
the five years of TC's existence was a perfect 5-0. Hammond was
crushed and Tc
won city supremacy in football, having already beaten George Washington.
This was NOT black vs. white....this was TC vs. Hammond for bragging
My class left TC that year for new horizons. Two years later things
in Alexandria. This change was obviously not due to "forced
The change was that TC became the only senior high school in the
were some white kids who had not gone to school with black kids,
but there were
no black kids that had not gone to school with white kids. Three
THREE schools learned how to come together. A powerhouse was formed.
championship was won. Alexandria had a crowd of new heroes.
Disney has glorified a great team and some great people from Alexandria's
history. They deserve all the plaudits they now are receiving.
"Remember the Titans" is a blockbuster. It tells a great
story. I only hope
Alexandria and the world will remember the REAL story...