LIT: a Luther tradition

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.

  • Do you know someone in Kindergarten to Grade 8 that would like to be part of the Luther Family? Encourage them to join the Future Luther Student program!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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 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.

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j85a85JJS0

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 julia.mitchell@luthercollege.edu by May 15th for a chance to win a Luther College hoodie!