Photos tell the story of Donald Trump's early years

See Donald Trump's boyhood neighborhood
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    See Donald Trump's boyhood neighborhood


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Story highlights

  • Photos show 12-year-old Donald Trump in a school musical and attending a friend's bar mitzvah
  • Trump's friend Paul Ornish shares photos from their childhood

(CNN)Donald Trump's career as a businessman, author, reality TV host and presidential candidate makes him one of America's most recognizable celebrities. Photos of Trump's childhood show the man who wants to be America's next president in a much different light.

A young Donald Trump plays a sailor in his middle school's production of the musical "HMS Pinafore." Trump is pictured left of center with a whistle around his neck.
A 12-year-old Donald Trump (second from the left) attends the bar mitzvah party for one of his best friends, Paul Onish, second from right.
    Donald Trump, far right, attends a banquet for the Kew-Forest School. Trump attended the private school in Queens, New York, until eighth grade, at which point his parents sent him to a military academy in upstate New York.
    Trump poses with his seventh-grade class at the Kew-Forest School. Friends from that time remember him as Donnie. He is standing in the back row on the far right.
    Trump posted this "Throwback Thursday" photo of himself as a toddler on Facebook.
    Trump was the fourth of five children. He is standing on the far left in this photo with his siblings.