Dennis Shaw, Coach
Dennis Bryan Shaw was born in Alexandria, Virginia, son of Vivian and James Harold Shaw. He grew up in Alexandria and attended Alexandria City Public Schools. He graduated from George Washington High School where he played baseball and football. Dennis attended Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and graduated with a degree in Biology. He also attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.
Dennis began his teaching career at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1966. He taught Biology and coached freshman football, varsity golf, and crew. At T.C. he met his future wife, Karen Arthur, a business teacher at the school. They married in 1968 and have four children: Lisa, Amanda (Mandy), Kendra, and Todd. They also have six grandchildren, Dylan, Kayla, Brendan, Austin, Derek, and Colin.
After teaching a total of 32 years in the Alexandria Public School System, Dennis retired in 1998. He was an assistant varsity football coach for 26 of those years and was Defensive Coordinator for 22 years. Coach Shaw’s football record while Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator:
199 wins, 75 losses, 10 ties.
3 State Championships
5 Regional Championships
11 District Championships.
His winning attitude and competitive spirit carried into his academic classroom where students considered him "tough but fair.” There is no doubt that he will continue to instill his love of the game and of life into his grandchildren as he did his own family, all of whom are proud to have been a part of the “Original Titan” story.