Did You Know?
Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.
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.
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 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.
In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.
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.
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.
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.
1991 – Pastor Don King is elected President.
1991 – At the High School, part of the new art studio is sectioned off and becomes a “computer laboratory.” A course in computers is offered but some wonder whether it is the students or the teachers who are learning the most.
1991 – The new classroom wing at the University Campus features classrooms, chapel, library, and academic offices. Student fundraising for the past many years is dedicated to installing an elevator to ensure accessibility. Several years later this new building is named The Anderson Wing to honour the roles that Dr. Morris and Betty Anderson played in the life of the College. The new wing contains a special archives room where documents and photographs from Luther’s history are preserved. One classroom has expensive wiring installed so that someday it can be filled with computers connected to the internet as a “smart classroom.” (WiFi comes first)
1994 – Rev. Dr. Richard Hordern, who has taught Religious Studies since 1978 at Luther College, University Campus, is named President. Don King is appointed Director of Development to assist with fundraising.
1994 – There is a drastic drop in the number of Hong Kong students in the High School residence but soon students are attracted to Luther from a dozen different countries of the world. South Korea becomes the largest geographical source of dorm students.
1994 – The national church makes clear what had been suspected for several years: that it would no longer be able to assist Luther in capital fundraising campaigns. Luther is now on its own.
1994-95 – The Black and Gold Challenge Fundraising campaign, seeking emergency funds to overcome a major deficit problem at the High School, raises $230,000 so the High School can continue to operate. Together with other gifts for scholarships and trust funds, this may be the largest annual amount ever receipted by the College. This is in addition to the donation by teachers of 5% of their salaries, which they continue to make until the budget is balanced. Their salaries are already below the Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation (STF) pay scale when this commitment is made.
1995 – The senior girls’ volleyball tournament is established. Each year, Luther's senior girls host at least one Saskatoon team, one other Regina team, and four competitive rural or out-of-province teams in the eight-team tournament. The focus for the weekend is the development of athleticism and high-calibre competition. As one of the two major athletic tournaments held each year, the volleyball tournament offers the senior girls an opportunity to compete at home and showcase their talent in front of their peers. The tournament also allows the students to take ownership of their hard work and athletic accomplishment. In 2007, the Luther senior girls’ volleyball team won the tournament for the first time, much to the delight of the home crowd, and followed-up with a richly deserved repeat victory in 2008.
1995 – Soccer is revived and becomes one of the most popular sports at the High School, especially due to the large number of international students who enjoy soccer. LIT is featured on TSN.
1996 – A celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the University is held on campus.
1996 – Luther counts 8,000 living alumni as frequent alumni homecomings allow the College to expand their known mailing list.
1997 – The College develops a “website” and soon announces that alumni can submit their class news to the alumni office using what is being called “e-mail.”
1998 – After inspection and evaluation, Luther College High School is accepted into the membership of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools.
1998 – The annual provincial operating grant per Saskatchewan student increases from about $2,400 to about $5,000 per year. Teachers are now paid 100% of the STF salary scale. A pension and benefits program is introduced for the High School’s support staff.
1998 – The University Campus receives national news attention when it sponsors a “Scholarly Writing Award” for the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the first such award in Canada.
1999 – Total enrollment is 1,412 (429 at the High School and 983 registered at the University). This includes an estimated 300 Lutherans. At the High School Campus, there are more students affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church than any other single denomination.