Alright I have scoured the forum and documentation about my problem to avail. I have created the HomePage.php file in /mysite/code folder then created the HomePage.ss file in /mysite/template folder. I have no files in the /tutorial/ area of the website and the config.php points to /mysite/ as the theme directory.
I renamed the Page.ss to allow the HomePage.ss to be picked up by the CMS. Both files currently have identical code. Page.ss worked great before the temporary rename. I have double checked the HomePage.php code with the tutorial on the SilverStripe website here and it matches; I even tried variations just in case. No "HomePage" type exists in the "create" drop down after db build and flush. Could I be overlooking anything in the code or missing a controller convention?