Romney told Kimeade that his propensity for pranks and causing a bit of trouble changed when he met his future wife, Ann, while he was still in high school.
"There's no question you know I became a very different person as I meet Ann," he said. "So I went off and served as a missionary for my church. I mean there are elements in life that change you. I'm a very different person than I was in high school, of course. I'm glad that I learned as much as I did during those high school years."
Romney’s love of pranks is by now well known, including some that were perceived as crossing the line. Romney has talked about dressing up as a police officer to pull pranks at his Cranbrook prep school in Michigan.
In response to the Post story, the Romney campaign today released statements of two other students who attended Cranbrook with Romney.
“Mitt was a thoughtful guy with a great sense of humor who cared about his classmates. He had a good perspective on how to balance all the pressures high school students face. He would never go out and do anything mean spirited. Clownish, yes. Never mean,” said Richard Moon, a classmate of Romney’s.
“I’m a very different person than I was in high school, of course, but I’m glad I learned as much as I did during those high school years,” Romney told Fox News Radio on Thursday. “I’m quite a different guy now. I’m married, have five sons five daughters-in-law and now 18 grandchildren.
“There’s going to be some that want to talk about high school. Well, if you really think that’s important, be my guest.”
Romney countered the allegations quickly, making a surprise appearance on Fox host Brian Kilmeade's radio show Thursday morning.
"They talk about the fact that I played a lot of pranks in high school," he said. "And they describe some that you just say to yourself, back in high school I just did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by it, obviously I apologize."
“I don’t remember that incident,” Romney said, laughing. “I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.”
Asked specifically about having interrupted a closeted gay student in English class, Gary Hummel, by shouting, “Atta girl!” Romney said, “I really can’t remember that.”
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
He scored a GPA of just 2.10, failed to make a single A and earned a C in French in his second year at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
'He is not as industrious or responsible as he might be,' his art teacher observed after awarding him a B-. The teacher added, however, 'Mitt has real ability in painting.'
The document is dated Nov. 10, 1961 -- during Romney's freshman year in high school -- and includes marks for English 3, Elementary Algebra, Biology, French 1 and Art 3.
Romney's lowest grade of the term was in French, in which he received a "C," while his highest was in English, in which he earned a "B+," but his teacher notes "He can do a lot better."
Romney also received a "B" in Algebra. The teacher complimented the politician's initial performance on tests but notes "He wastes much time in class."
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.