Inside Romney's Elite Prep School

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Cranbrook School, an elite all-boys preparatory school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is where Mitt Romney spent some of his formative years. Today, Romney's time at Cranbrook became a focus of the presidential campaign after a  Washington Post piece alleged that that some of the pranks he pulled there targeted a gay peer.

Romney entered Cranbrook in 1959 when he was 12 years old and beginning the seventh grade. He would graduate in 1965 at the age of 18. When he was there he met his future wife, Ann Davies, who was a sophomore at Cranbrook's sister school, Kingswood, when he was a senior.

Cranbrook has since become a coed institution and no longer requires students to wear coats and ties. Its reputation for privilege and academic rigor remain.

The school said that while it would certainly be proud to have one of its alumni elected president, as a matter of policy it "will not endorse any political ideology, party, or candidate." The school said there is no longer anyone at Cranbrook who "was affiliated with the school when Romney was a student," making it impossible for anyone at the school to offer "personal observations, anecdotes, or stories" about him.

Today, the K-12 school costs between $18,900 and $38,900 to attend, depending on grade level and whether a student is boarding. The school, which has an enrollment of 1,656 and sits on 319 acres of land, including 40 acres of scenic gardens and forests.

The school's serene setting is on full display in a YouTube video from 2010. Its facilities, which include an ice arena and a  natatorium, can be seen in a virtual tour on the school's website.