Utah's 1988 Distinguished Elementary Principal is Bruce Barnson, principal of Ridgecrest School in Salt Lake City.

Barnson was named during the annual meeting of the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals at Utah State University.

The Salt Lake educator will represent his peers in Utah in Washington, D.C., during meetings in which he and other state honorees will be recognized. They will be honored by U.S. Education Secretary William C. Bennett and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Barnson began teaching at West Jordan Middle School after graduating from Brigham Young University in 1965. He was principal of the Jordan Valley Day Care/Training Center, a program he was instrumental in establishing, from 1970 to 1977. He later was curriculum consultant for the Jordan District and completed his doctoral degree at BYU. He was named Ridgecrest principal in 1980.

Gov. Norm Bangerter selected Barnson to head a committee that will place a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, Utah inventor and father of television, in Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C., in 1990.