Have you ever wondered what was Donald Trump’s childhood like? If so, then this is the list for you. Donald Trump childhood facts are not all that easy to find. For a man so often in the public spotlight, and with so many books written about him, there are aspects of Donald Trump as a kid that we just don’t know all that much about.
What we do know is that Donald Trump’s childhood was better than many kids’ who were born in the 1940s and 1950s. His father was a wealthy man who took Donald under his wing and taught him how to be successful in life. His mother, though quiet and reserved in public, was also a source of inspiration during Trump’s formative years.
While there were certainly some hi-jinks and missteps along the way, it is easy to see from these facts how Trump became the man he is today.
He Punched His Second-Grade Music Teacher in the Face
In his 1987 book The Art of the Deal, Trump writes about how, even as a child, he had strong convictions.
“In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye — I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled. I’m not proud of that, but it’s clear evidence that even early on I had a tendency to stand up and make my opinions known in a very forceful way. The difference now is that I use my brain instead of my fists.”
Trump Was a Multi-Sport Athlete in High School
At the New York Military Academy, Donald Trump was a star on the diamond, the field, and the pitch. He was a varsity player on the baseball, football, and soccer teams at the academy. Former classmate Ted Levine told Business Insider:
“He was just the best, a good athlete, a great athlete. He could have probably played pro ball as a pitcher. I think he threw 80 miles an hour. I was the catcher. He made my hand black and blue every day … Could he play football? Could he play soccer? He could do anything he wanted. He was physically and mentally gifted.”
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Was an Important Moment For Him
Trump may have got his business acumen from his father, but his sense of showmanship and flair comes directly from his mother. Trump recalls watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with his mother, a Scottish immigrant housewife, and the pomp and circumstance of the occasion was important to them both.
In The Art of the Deal, he wrote, “Looking back, I realize now that I got some of my sense of showmanship from my mother. She always had a flair for the dramatic and the grand. She was a very traditional housewife, but she also had a sense of the world beyond her.”
Trump Did Not Have Close Friends Growing Up
It is pretty common for successful and driven people, especially at a young age, to be loners. This applies to Donald Trump as well, who was too busy learning about his father’s business and too goal-oriented to make time for people his age.
It wasn’t that Trump didn’t like other kids, he just didn’t have the time to bother forming those close social relationships most people crave.
Behavior Problems Forced Him to Change Schools
The facts here are murky, but Trump moved from the Kew-Forest School to the New York Military Academy before he started high school. Trump’s father, Fred, a wealthy real estate developer, was on the board of trustees at Kew-Forest, so for Trump to up and move schools suggests there were some issues. Indeed, his parents hoped the change of scenery would allow Donald to mature and that “the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner.”
Trump went on to get an Ivy League education, so it worked out well.
His Military Academy Record Is Unclear
When he was 17 years old, Trump was named as a captain for his senior year at the New York Military Academy. The post is a prestigious one and involves keeping up standards of discipline with the cadets under him. A month later, though, Trump was shifted to a different position.
Trump maintains it was a promotion for doing so well, while others cite a hazing incident and Trump’s style of leadership as reasons for the change.
He Learned How to Be a Success from His Father
During summers as a teenager, Trump would follow his father around building sites working for him. It was in these situations where he learned principles that would stay with him. He wrote in The Art of the Deal, “My father would start a building in, say, Flatbush, at the same time that two competitors began putting up their own buildings nearby. Invariably, my father would finish his building three or four months before his competitors did. His building would always be a little better-looking than the other two, with a nicer, more spacious lobby and larger rooms in the apartments themselves.”