Throughout the United States, fewer than half of the states have schools being recognized for exceptional drug-free programs in 1989.

But Utah has two.Both West High School in Salt Lake City and Timpview in Provo will receive awards from President Bush and from Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos next month. They are among 23 public and private high schools across the country that have made outstanding efforts to combat drug abuse, and are being saluted by the U.S. Department of Education.

Cavazos announced the winning schools. Utah's entries were nominated last fall by Dr. James R. Moss, state superintendent of public instruction.

"The State Board of Education takes great pride in the commitment and persistent work on the part of all educators in these two schools and their districts that has led to these awards," Moss said.

Mary Lou Bozich, a specialist in substance-abuse prevention, also was pleased with the recognition of the two schools' efforts to protect students against drug abuse and to help those who already have slipped over the safety line. "Fewer than half the states in the nation received the honor and Utah had two schools selected. That tells us that our schools are making major progress in strengthening their drug-free programs," she said.

The schools spotlighted in the national program become models to others throughout the country.