Merlis Belsher (HS'53)

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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Merlis Belsher (HS'53)

On October 3, 2013, Luther College High School (LCHS) received the largest donation in its one hundred year history. During chapel, a press conference was held to announce that Luther College High School alumnus, Merlis Belsher (HS’53), had made a donation of $2.5 million to refurbish the current gymnasium and aid in the renewal and expansion project. The heritage gymnasium has been named The Merlis Belsher Heritage Centre.   

“My parents died tragically in 1951 when I was 15. At that point, I moved into the dorm at Luther. Luther was not only my school, it was my home. Luther provided me a direction for a university education thus paving the way for my future career,” said Merlis Belsher (HS’53). After graduating from Luther College, Merlis became a successful businessman, lawyer and chartered accountant. Belsher values his time at Luther and feels it is important to give back to the school that had such an important impact on his life. “Luther provided me with an excellent education, personal support, spiritual guidance, and a number of diverse sports.”

Belsher’s donation also includes new locker rooms and an outdoor sports team room to be named in honour of John Chomay. Chomay taught physical education at Luther, started the Luther Invitational Basketball Tournament (LIT), and was a mentor and a good friend of Belsher’s. This generous donation is part of a larger capital campaign entitled A Time to Build and enables Luther to maintain a signi´Čücant piece of history, the gym built in 1951.