Merlis Belsher (HS'53)

Did You Know?

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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.