Did You Know?
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.
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.
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.
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 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 first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!
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.
As our year winds down, and you start thinking about your future at Luther, we thought you'd like to hear something about what our alumni are up to. These are folks who have graduated from Luther, and are now making a difference in their communities.
1. For the past twenty-six years, Mike Fritzler (HS '88)has been President and CEO of Fact Computers in Regina, a computer sales and service company. After leaving university with a strong grounding in business and computer science, he worked in the security area for a few years at CIBC. But, with only lateral positions available, he took his moxie and knowledge and started Fact Computers. And he’s never looked back.
Mike, on his time at Luther: "At times Mike struggled academically in high school, but he says Luther instilled in him that he didn’t need to be the best. The teachers taught him that drive and passion would take him far. As Mike will attest to, “I really took this to heart. Passion and determination can overcome anything.”
2. Jayden Soroka (HS’02) has worked for more than a decade as a producer, director/assistant director, editor, and animator/motion graphics artist in everything from Hollywood feature films and national television commercials, to all forms of digital content. As a seasoned filmmaker, with a passion for motion graphics and visual arts, and an insatiable appetite for storytelling, Jayden is living his dream.
“I have always been in love with video. The imagination runs wild because you can create everything from scratch through animation and motion graphics.” Using these tools, Jayden says, takes storytelling “to another level.”
Jayden, on his time at Luther: Jayden attended Luther because of the school’s reputation for offering a strong film program under the tutelage of Jay Willimott – and the school did not disappoint. “I felt like that gave me a really strong platform in film, to grow in my career,” he says. In fact, Jayden believes the Luther film program prepared him so well that he often struggled to feel challenged in his university courses.
3.Phoebe Voigts (HS’76), Founding Artistic Director of the internationally known Saskatoon Children’s Choir (SCC), grew up singing. “Lutherans sing,” says Phoebe. “We sing Bach.” Phoebe’s first source of musical inspiration was her mother, the late Winnifred Voigts, who was an accomplished organist, choral conductor, and music educator. At Luther, Phoebe’s love and appreciation of music was further fostered by her experience in Carl Cherland’s choir, which had a “significant influence” on her decision to pursue music at University. “It was certainly something I wanted to be in my life.”
After graduating from Luther’s High School campus in 1976, Phoebe attended Luther’s University campus and pursued further studies at the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba, and the Royal College of Church Music in Croydon, England.
Phoebe, on her time at Luther: Phoebe’s experience overall at Luther left a lasting impression as well. In considering the significance of her time at Luther, Phoebe says, “It’s about relationships. It’s a school where the students have a very strong feeling of being welcomed, nurtured, encouraged, and challenged. You are part of a heritage at Luther.”
*These alumni profiles and more can also be found on our website, if you are interested in checking them out!