A circular item 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter overall consisting of an inner silver gray disc displaying a garnet reversed chevron surmounted by the head of a Viking facing forward, tan face; hair, helmet, brow, mustache all silver gray, white horns on helmet, encircled by a garnet designation band edged with a 1/8 (.32 cm) silver gray border inscribed "WILLIAM M RAINES HS" at top and "VIKINGS" at bottom all in silver gray letters.
Garnet and gray are the school colors. The school's mascot is the Viking. Garnet (red) symbolizes boldness, a virtue the cadets possess to accomplish their personal as well as academic accomplishments. Gray (silver gray) represents maturity and wisdom a characteristic the cadets signify in their respectful manners and decisions. White signifies perfection. The reversed chevron implies a "V" which represents the Viking. The Viking head is symbolic of strength and courage. The color of the Viking face pays homage to the long journey the cadets took as African Americans.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was authorized 13 April 2012. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10J-1017)