Five Utah high schools have been nominated for the U.S. Department of Education's Drug-Free School Recognition Program and four for the Secondary School Recognition Program.

West High School was included on both nomination lists.Others nominated for the drug-free recognition are: Brockbank Junior High School, Granite District; Butler Middle School, Jordan District; Mound Fort Middle School, Ogden District; and Timpview High School, Provo School District.

Nominated for outstanding school recognition along with West are: Northwest Intermediate High School, Salt Lake District; Evergreen and Granite Park junior high schools, both Granite District.

The schools will compete with others from around the country for national honors.

The drug-free nominees were chosen by a state review panel based on applications describing their efforts to fight drug and alcohol problems among youth, said Mary Lou Bozich, a drug specialist in the State Office of Education. The Utah Federation for Drug-Free Youth co-sponsors the state competition.

Entries for general excellence also were selected by a group of Utah educators, said Scott W. Cameron of the state office. Special emphasis was given this year to schools that have effective strategies for teaching geography and that are creating programs for strengthened graduation requirements and a demanding core curriculum, he said.

Site visits will be made to selected schools by representatives of the national program in the winter and early spring. Winners will be announced in May, 1989, and representatives of those schools will be honored in Washington, D.C., next September.