1980's

Did You Know?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

1980 – Pastor Don King, chaplain at the University Campus, is appointed Principal of the High School, beginning what is often remembered as ten years of amazing growth at the High School. By the end of the decade, enrollment climbs to 500 and Luther wins the LIT.

1981 – A mural is painted in the Luther College Auditorium/Chapel by Richard R. Caemmerer Jr. that depicts the Christian creed in both traditional and contemporary symbolism. Reading from left to right, the shaft of light descends to a view of the earth as seen from space, recalling creation narratives. In the centre, appearing like a highway intersection connecting the right and left elements, is the great Greek cross. To the right, enveloping aspects of the Saskatchewan landscape, are fire and water – symbols of the spirit and our life in the body of Christ.

1983 – Luther Alumnus Dr. Henry Taube (H’33) receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

1984 – The High School begins to offer the “International Baccalaureate Program,” which strives to promote international understanding and peace and provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master. It is arguably the most significant curriculum change of the past seventy years.

1984 – On October 31, the much beloved Mr. Moon retires from the Aintree Confectionary and is feted during chapel time.

1986 – Morris Anderson “retires” from Luther College.

1986 – Dr. Don Lee, a longtime Board member and professor at the University of Regina, is appointed President. He is the first President with an earned Ph.D. A year later, Morris Anderson is brought back as Director of Development, and major fundraising campaigns are launched for new classroom wings at both High School and University Campuses.

1988 – Major festivities are held for the 75th Anniversary of the College, including special ceremonies at Melville, Saskatchewan where the old Academy building has been restored and given a Heritage designation.

1989 – The High School dedicates its new classroom wing, including library, art studio, and elevator for accessibility.

1989 – The Luther community performs Hayden’s Creation in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Luther College.