NSW public education has dominated the First in Course list in the HSC with 73 of the 114 courses topped by students attending public schools.
The Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott, congratulated the first-place winners, but added that every student who had completed their HSC deserved recognition.
"This is a very proud day for the students who achieved a First in Course result, as well as for their families, teachers and school communities," Mr Scott said.
"But all students who have completed the HSC have succeeded in a world-class education system and now have the experience and skills to follow their dreams."
Mr Scott said it was pleasing that students from outside the metropolitan areas topped the state in various courses.
"We have First in Course students in regional areas from Griffith to Mullumbimby and Nowra," he said.
"This shows the Education Department is delivering on its commitment to quality education and learning opportunities regardless of where our students live."
Sydney Boys High School was the most successful public school securing eight First in Course positions, followed by Fort Street High School with six.
Three public school students topped two courses: Ziyuan Li, North Sydney Boys High (Music 2 and Music Extension); Julian Van Gerwen, Fort Street High School (Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1); and Angela Zha, Fort Street High School (German Continuers and German Extension).
Department of Education language schools excelled, with 25 language first places to students who studied through the NSW School of Languages or the Saturday School of Community Languages, which operates in a number of public schools.
The full list of the HSC first in course recipients is on the NSW Education Standards Authority website.
HSC students will receive their results tomorrow from 6am.