A circular item 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter overall consisting of an inner gold disc displaying a blue silhouette of an elk, issuing from the left of the disc and in profile, all within an encircling blue designation band edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) gold border, the band inscribed "ELKIN HIGH SCHOOL" at the top and "BUCKIN ELKS" at the bottom all in white letters.
Royal blue, gold and white are the school colors. Blue represents devotion and loyalty two virtues the cadets maintain in their daily lives. Gold represents honor a virtue the cadets highly prize and fiercely maintain. White represents perfection; something the cadets seek to achieve in all endeavors. The elk is the school's mascot and is a strong, hardy animal that displays perseverance and determination, much like the cadets of Elkin High School.
The shoulder loop insignia was approved on 13 May 2011.