I went to Taft and hated it most of the time.
There are a few types of kids at Taft. I'd say 30% love it. 60% hate it but stay for some reason (sports for me) the "just stick it out attitude" or family ties to the school. Then the other 10% hate it and dont come back or get kicked out.
I would not go to Taft if I were you. I'd look at Deerfield or Choate
However the work load did prep me for college and I got into a pretty good school after three years of being miserable.
I'd actually have to agree with yankeesarebad. It is pretty common to not like Taft, but I'm not sure how much of it is just due to thinking that the grass is always greener on the other side. At the end of the day, it is still school.