LIT: a Luther tradition

Did You Know?

  • 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 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

Greetings future Luther students! This blog is all about LIT (Luther Invitational Tournament), which is a very important part of our school community. We're also running a contest, with details below, so make sure you read to the end of the post.

LIT began in 1953, and is the longest-running high school baskteball tournament in Canada. 3 teams from Regina (including Luther) compete every year, and the rest of the field (5 teams) is invited from all over the province and throughout Western Canada. 

Until 2012, LIT was a boys basketball tournament. Since then, LIT has also been a girls basketball tournament, with winners being awarded the Challenge Cup. Currently, 4 girls teams participate, but it is anticipated that the girls side of the tournament will be expanded to a full 8 teams as well. 

One of the great things about LIT (maybe the greatest!) is that it is entirely student-organized and run. Senior students (grade 11 and 12) serve on committees, and grade 9 and 10 students are also welcomed to participate in making the tournament what it is -- an important Luther tradition! Committees include everything from Housing and Hospitality (making sure visiting players are comfortable and know where to go) to Decorations (our student artwork is amazing!) to Media (we hold a news conference every year and invite all the local media). In short, LIT is a great opportunity to become involved with your school and to feel like an important part of the community. Along with events such as Musical and All College, this is one event where the whole school comes together to make something happen!

Here is a link to the LIT 65 (2017) finale video:

This week, we thought it would be fun to run a contest to test your research skills, so here it is: who holds the LIT record for most points in one tournament? Email your responses to by May 15th for a chance to win a Luther College hoodie!