Gavin (HS'63) & Shawn Semple
Did You Know?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Gavin (HS'63) & Shawn Semple
On October 9, 2013, Dr. Bryan Hillis (U’78) announced that Gavin (HS’63) and Shaun Semple made a major donation of $1.75 million to build a new, state-of-the-art gymnasium.
“Shaun and I are pleased to provide $1,750,000 in financial support to Luther College through the Brandt ‘Thanks A Billion Program.’ The Semple Family have had a long-standing relationship with Luther College beginning in 1959 when I attended the college as a dorm student. Since then, eight other members of the Semple family have benefited from the quality education provided by Luther College,”said Gavin Semple (HS’63).
“The connection with Luther College and the ‘Thanks A Billion Program’ is an excellent fit,” says Semple. "Both Luther College and the Brandt Group of Companies have strong roots in Saskatchewan and a shared vision for the community and our youth.” In 2004, Semple was the campaign lead on the former Luther College High School gymnasium project that led to the larger renewal and expansion initiative. “Gavin’s continued support and commitment to the gymnasium was pivotal in moving us forward on this larger project and campaign,”says Hillis.
The new gymnasium will be named The Semple Gymnasium and will have seating capacity for one thousand fans. This will allow Luther to host provincial and national tournaments in many sports, including badminton, volleyball and basketball and increase the size of their annual volleyball tournament from eight teams to sixteen.