Formerly a selective high school until the 1970s, Homebush Boys is regarded as one of the academically best-performing comprehensive schools, and has, in the past, been ranked above selective schools on the Higher School Certificate results.
The school has an enrolment of approximately 1208 students, fluctuating from year to year. The students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and many of them live outside the area.
Homebush Boys is a consistent achiever in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) outcome, averaging 5–10 students achieving the Premier's Award every year. In 2004, a student became the first Homebush Boy to score 100 Universities Admission Index (UAI).
Drum Corps – The drum corps participates in the annual Burwood march, the ANZAC march through the streets of Sydney City, the Sandakan service at Burwood and reserve forces day.
Chess Team – The school offers senior, intermediate and junior chess teams which participate every Friday afternoon against......