- Photos shed new light on Bernie Sanders' early years
- Sanders credits his older brother with introducing him to a lot of his political ideas
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Judy and Carole King graduated from same high school as Sanders
Sanders was born in New York on September 8, 1941. Here's a look at some photos of his early years.
Bernie Sanders, right, photographed as a toddler with his brother Larry. Larry is six years older and still calls his famous brother "Bernard."
Bernie Sanders, left, in another photograph of him as a toddler with his brother Larry. The younger Sanders credits his older brother with introducing him to a lot of his political ideas -- he would take his much younger brother to meetings of college Democrats when Bernie was in his early teens.
Bernie Sanders, bottom, with his brother Larry and father Eli. Sanders' father immigrated to the United States from Poland, married his American-born wife Dorothy and settled in the Madison neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Bernie Sanders, bottom, with his brother Larry and mother Dorothy. Sanders' mother died during his freshman year at Brooklyn College after a lengthy illness. He transferred to the University of Chicago after her death and eventually moved to Vermont.
Bernie Sanders the track star. During his senior year, he was the captain of the track team and the cross country team.
Bernie Sanders, center, in a track team photo at James Madison High School.
In addition to being captain of both the track and cross country teams, Bernie Sanders was also a reporter for the school paper and the president of his senior class. James Madison High School is also the alma mater of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Judy, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Norm Coleman and several Nobel Prize winners.