On a shield-shaped, embroidered device 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm) in height overall by 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in width blazoned: Per bend Argent and Purpure a horse's head couped and traversed Sable detailed Silver Gray, all within a diminished bordure of the first. Attached above the shield a Purple scroll inscribed "WEST" in White letters and edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) White border.
Topeka West High School was founded in 1962. The original class selected the head of a rearing stallion to represent the school sports teams, named the Chargers. This name is believed to have been adopted as a direct result of the effect Fort Riley had on the region and its reputation as the US Army Cavalry Center. The head of the stallion appears on a background of white over purple, the school colors.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 15 November 2001.