1930's

Did You Know?

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

  • Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations. 

  • Through the A Time To Build capital campaign, we have added 46,897 square feet of space to Luther College High School, including the Semple gymnasium -  the largest high school gym in Regina.

  • Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.

  • The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.

  • The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!

  • The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.

  • Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.

1930’s –The Great Depression, known as the “Dirty Thirties” in Saskatchewan, begins. Faculty members initially take a pay cut of 10%; later their salaries are cut in half. Lower enrollment makes faculty positions redundant and several faculty leave Saskatchewan for greener pastures where the Depression is not as severe. Some faculty have always lived in the dorm; many who have moved out return to save money. The yard north of the school is converted into a community vegetable garden. Most of the other Junior Colleges and private high schools in Saskatchewan close during these years. Luther is one of the few survivors.

1930’s – Elsa Mees is the Luther College Choir director, while Luther’s chemistry teacher, Paul Liefeld, directs the band and orchestra. Elsa also gives voice lessons to Luther students as part of the curriculum. After Elsa Mees retires, Howard Leyton-Brown, Max Laidlaw, Mel Bowker, Jeanne Wagner, Gary Brunner and others lead the Luther College Choir.

1930 – Enrollment is 183 but then drops drastically and slowly climbs back to 133 by 1938.

1932 – Luther’s first Jewish student, Victor Samuels, is allowed to enroll with his rabbi’s permission.

1932 – As money becomes more difficult, Luther graduates seek further education by going to the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, rather than making the trip to Capital in Ohio. However, some Luther students still go to Capital as late as the 1950’s.

1934The Tatler, a biweekly student newspaper, replaces The Luther Canadian. Issues feature school and alumni news, and is mailed to alumni.

1937 – Construction of the Girls’ Dorm and the President’s House is made possible by a gift from the Women’s Missionary Federation of the American Lutheran Church. Mrs Rex Schneider (formerly Miss Elsa Mees) is credited with the lobbying to make the buildings a reality. The new girls’ dorm is officially named Federation Hall. This is the biggest construction project Regina has seen since the market crash of 1929 and the Luther campus becomes a popular evening entertainment for the people of Regina many of whom go on a walk to inspect the building progress.

1937 – Miss Emilie Walter begins the tradition of a Christmas tree in the Blue Room.