Darlinghurst Public School (DPS) is nestled near St. Vincent's Hospital in the inner-city. The school was established in 1883 and has heritage classified buildings. A large camphorlaurel tree dominates the playground. Its foliage provides shade for at least half of the playground, which is appreciated in summer. The one hundred and thirty two year old building contains most of the classes and like the tree, is a dominant feature of the school.
Darlinghurst Public School is a growing, diverse inner city school. The school motto is "strive to achieve" and there is an expectation that students achieve excellence through best practice teaching. There is a commitment to quality teaching, new technology and the creative arts. The school boasts an active and committed parent community and promotes excellence in teaching and learning, tolerance and inclusion. A dynamic and energetic staff has a commitment to collaborative planning and team work within the broader community. The school serves a diverse socio-economic community. DPS is a secure and safe environment for its students. The students show tolerance, understanding and respect for each other's rights and in so doing strive for self improvement and development. Academic performance is highly valued and is supported by a strong visual and performing arts program.