A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height and 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in width consisting of three trains black, two addorsed and erased by the third facing front, charged with a Tiger's head recessed, modeled and filled transparent gold. Attached below, a black scroll inscribed "SMITH-COTTON HIGH SCHOOL" in base metal letters, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) gold border.
Black and gold are the school's colors. The passenger trains symbolize the Katy Trail-Depot, and the beginnings of Sedalia and prosperity. The gold track is representative of the spirit to move forward and gain knowledge. The Tiger is the school's mascot.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 3 February 2005.