The Corps of Cadets provided the spirit of SMA. This Esprit De Corps exhibited itself everyday. It was present at athletic events, where the voices of the Corps raised together in rumbling cheers. It shown forth at the formal retreat parades held every Sunday as the uniforms shined in the sun while the cadets marched in perfect formations with the drum-line beating and flags flying.
In total, from 1884 until 1976, over 19,000 cadets wore the uniform of SMA.