1930's

Did You Know?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.

  • Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.

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

  • The first LIT was held on January 31, 1953. That year it was a one-day tournament involving sixteen teams from Southern Saskatchewan. All preliminary games were played cross court, two games at a time.

  • When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.

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.

1933-34 - Read the Luther College catalogue "Luther College of Regina for Young Men and Women"

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.