Henry Harold Peter Baker was born a natural leader. Born in 1915 on his family's farm near Lipton, Baker grew up in an atmosphere of municipal politics, as his father was a municipal councillor. He went to Teacher's College in Regina and began teaching when he was 19. During WW II, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and taught aircrew personnel.
After the war, he studied business engineering and personnel administration in Chicago. When he returned to Regina, he served as Secretary of the Public Service Commission where he remained until December of 1958. He became mayor in January 1959.
With his 6th win at the polls in 1968, Baker became Regina's longest serving mayor. Defeated in 1970, he returned in triumph 3 years later and held the mayoralty until 1979. For 10 years, Baker had the unique distinction of being the mayor and an NDP member of the provincial legislature at the same time. He oversaw the building of the Ring Road, the Conexus Arts Centre (formerly the Centre of the Arts) and the current City Hall, which opened in 1976.
In 1997, City Council paid tribute to him by naming the council chamber at City Hall and a City scholarship program after him. This tribute was based on the fact that former Mayor Baker was a teacher and on his efforts for youth during his political career, including the establishment of outdoor rinks, the library facility, and King's Park Speedway.
The Henry Baker Scholarship Program is a legacy of Mr. Baker's accomplishments and shared annually with the youth in our city.